Tradition begs for corn chowder to be made at this time of the year when corn is at it’s peak in my neck of the woods! I love to curl up with a bowl of creamy, sweet soup and dream of cooler days.
Corn chowder not only highlights the freshest, sweetest corn but signifies the home stretch before the seasons change and fall is upon us. A fact I’m not particularly sad about and fully ready to embrace!
I am already anticipating all the soups yet to come, the fall pies waiting to be made and pumpkins! Bring on the pumpkins.
Fresh corn really doesn’t ask for much. Just a few ingredients make it shine. I used copious amounts of thyme to spice it up, salty bacon to counteract the natural sweetness and half & half for a milky richness.
I also recommend throwing a few of the stripped cobs right into the soup pot to give it more flavor. And I like lots of fresh black pepper to add a sharp and savory “bite” to the chowder.
And did I mention the potatoes? Just a few for the starch it adds, helping to thicken the soup and further the creaminess.
A rich and creamy corn chowder with bacon and thyme.
- In a large sauce pan or soup pot cook bacon until crispy. Remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Carefully drain grease. Add a few tablespoons of olive oil, the onion, celery, thyme, bay leaf and season well with salt and pepper. Saute until tender. Add garlic and saute until fragrant.
- Meanwhile remove kernels from cobs in a large bowl. Once kernels are removed turn the knife around and use the flat side to scrape the milk from the cobs. Snap one or two of the cobs in half to add to soup. Crumble the bacon.
- Add corn and potatoes to pot, along with half of the crumbled bacon, cook 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Add enough broth to generously cover the vegetables along with the a few of the cobs. Season again with salt and pepper.
- Bring to a simmer, 25 – 30 minutes. Remove two cups of the soup and blend until smooth, place a dish towel over blender lid to hold down before pureeing so the steam doesn’t blow the top off. Add soup back to pot with half & half or heavy cream. Taste and season again if needed. Simmer 5-10 minutes, remove bay leaf and cobs, serve with crumbled bacon over top.
Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved.