This is the best chowder have had! Really amazing A delicate soup which, I think, would not do well frozen. The key to it is really good corn on the cob because it’s the prominent flavor.
I don’t think I’d ever use frozen corn unless it’s winter and you’re really craving it and you use frozen fresh corn which was from your garden or the farmers market.
When corn is in season – make use of this delicious vegetable.
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Summer Corn Chowder With Scallions Bacon & Potatoes
5 ears fresh corn, husked and silk removed
7 ounces scallions (about 20)
3 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 jalapeno, corned, seeded and finely diced
1 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
black pepper, freshly ground (to taste)
3 1⁄2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 large yukon gold potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (8-9 oz)
1 1⁄2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Cut corn off the cobs, save two cobs.
When slicing scallions, be sure to keep the dark green part separated from the white and light green, you will use all the onion.
Cook bacon in a 3-4 quart saucepan over medium heat until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate.
Pour off and discard all but about 1 TBS of the bacon fat. Return the pan to medium heat and add the butter.
When butter is melted, add the white and light green scallions and the jalapeño, salt, and a few grinds of the black pepper.
Cook stirring until the scallions are very soft, about 3 minutes. Add the broth, corn, corn cobs, potatoes, and thyme and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are completely tender, about 15 minutes.
Discard the corn cobs.
Transfer 1 cup of the broth and vegetables to a blender and puree. Return the puree to the pot and stir in the cream and all but 1/3 cup of the scallions and blend the flavors.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and served sprinkled with bacon and reserved scallions.
Recipe based on one by Bev
Photo by Bev