Smoky Corn Chowder

by Suzanne on January 14, 2012

in Soup & Salad

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It’s time to enjoy the winter months with soups, stews and winter vegetables but I borrowed a bit of Summer flavor from the freezer. This corn chowder is just a little different from the typical version you might be used to having, the spice cumin gives it a smoky flavor. Corn not only reminds us of Summer but its sunny yellow color gets my mood warmed up for sure. Soup is warming and simple,making this recipe an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love.

Smoky Corn Chowder

1 16 ounce bag of frozen corn
4 slices bacon cut crosswise into 1/2 inch strips
2 T. butter
1 medium onion chopped
1/2 cup celery
1/2 cup carrot
1 T. fresh thyme leaves chopped or 1/2 tsp. dried leaves
1 tsp. ground cumin
salt and pepper
3 large Yukon gold potatoes peeled cut into bite size chunks
32 oz. chicken broth
1/2 cup half and half
cheese, green onions, sour cream
Step 1: In a 6 quart pot on medium, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels, and pour off bacon drippings.
Step 2: Melt butter in the pot and add onion, celery, carrot. Cook until tender about 10 minutes. Stir in thyme, cumin, and 1 tsp. kosher salt, 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper. Add potatoes, broth and 1 cup water and corn, bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Pour 2 cups soup into a blender and puree until smooth. Return to pot and add the half and half stir and remove from heat.
Garnish: with bacon, green onions,cheese and or sour cream
Makes 6 servings.
Recipe adapted from Redbook

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1 Mama's Gotta Bake January 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Now that it’s winter, I love to make homemade soup. I’ve never made corn chowder, but this looks exceptionally good. I love all the color! Will give this a try this week.

2 Amy (Savory Moments) January 15, 2012 at 7:06 am

Corn chowder is one of my favorite soups, especially with bacon. Yours looks pretty and tasty!

3 Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} January 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Looks good, I bet the bacon gives it a nice flavor!

4 Kevin (BBQ Smoker Site) January 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Great recipe. Thanks for including the variation on measurement from fresh to dried herbs. That’s always a tricky one for me!

5 Kristi Rimkus January 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm

What a terrific and economical recipe and great use for frozen corn. I’m saving this one for summer, I’ll bet it’s even better with fresh corn!

6 Salad in a Jar January 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm

This sounds so tasty. Corn, potatoes,fresh herbs. Wonderful! Simply must make this soon.

7 The Café Sucré Farine January 17, 2012 at 9:25 am

What a lovely delicious looking soup – I’m crazy about anything smokey so this would be a hit for sure!

8 Cheryl and Adam @ January 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

We enjoyed this soup at a local restaurant until they made some changes in the kitchen and it was never the same since. Thanks for a great recipe for this lovely soup we can make at home!

9 Liz January 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Gosh this sounds amazing….and your beautiful presentation wowed me, too~

10 Reeni January 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Your corn chowder is so bright and sunny Suzanne! It looks super delicious and comforting, love the smoky cumin you used.

11 Tina@flourtrader January 20, 2012 at 6:19 am

This looks so creamy and delicious with all those veggies and bacon in there-yum! Perfect comfort food for a chilly evening. Tasty post!

12 Sammie January 21, 2012 at 5:02 am

Incredible! I would looooooove that right now! I also love that the ingredient list isn’t too long and impossible! 🙂

13 Suzanne January 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I agree to long of a list of ingredients and I’m moving on 🙂

14 Liz January 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

PS…thank you so much for your condolences. xo

15 Suzanne January 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

your welcome hope it all went well.

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