Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Corn Chowder

Corn Chowder
I had two delicious bowls of Corn Chowder for dinner.  Corn Chowder is one of my favorite comfort soups. I love the combination of flavors - sweet corn, potatoes, spices, onion, garlic, cream, and lots of pepper - mmm wonderful. When corn is in season, I use fresh but in this batch I used frozen corn.  For the potatoes - I like to use Yukon Gold potatoes in my Corn Chowder - they do not break down as much as other types do.  I also prefer their sweet flavor in this chowder.

Basic ingredients are used in this soup - corn, potatoes, chicken broth, butter, onions, a little garlic, thyme, parsley flakes, bay leaf, salt, and black pepper.  I use lots of black pepper to season my chowder.  I start by melting some butter in a Dutch Oven and adding the diced onions with a little salt.  Once the onions are soft, I add the garlic until fragrant.  I then sprinkle some flour over the onions and garlic.  I let it cook for about a minute before I add the chicken broth, diced potatoes, (my family states my potatoes are more chunks than diced) and spices.   Once the potatoes are tender I add the corn and cook for about 5-7 minutes.  I add the heavy cream, taste and season with salt and pepper.  Once the soup is heated through I ladle it into bowls and serve with some fresh ground pepper on top (I told you I like pepper with this soup).  You can garnish your soup with a drizzle of olive oil, if you wish.

Corn Chowder
3 tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
6 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
1 (16 ounce package) frozen corn - about 3 cups
2 cups heavy cream
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
1. Melt the butter in a Dutch Oven over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until soft - about 8-10 minutes.
2. Add the garlic to the onions and cook until fragrant.  Sprinkle the flour over the onion mixture and stir to coat.  Cook about 1 minute.
3. Add the chicken stock, parsley flakes, bay leaf, dried thyme, and bring to a boil.  Add the potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
4. Add the corn to the broth and bring to a boil.  Cook about 5-7 minutes or until corn is tender.
5. Add the cream and heat until the chowder is heated through.  Taste and season with salt and black pepper.  Remove the Bay leaf before serving.  

Makes 8 servings


  1. This soup sounds delicious and I would love to make it, but I don't see the cream listed in the ingredients. How much do you add? Thanks!

    1. My mistake - I am so sorry. You use 2 cups heavy cream. Hope you enjoy the chowder:)

  2. I love a good chowder and this definitely looks like a winner! Great job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  3. I love corn chowder! This looks like a wonderful recipe…I have to give it a try!

  4. I haven't had corn chowder in a long while...and I miss it. This looks really tasty and comforting.