Cheddar Corn Chowder

Yesterday, I was helping to make food for a crowd of about 80 or so. It was the monthly treat day that different department provide snack, desserts or lunch for the entire staff. Our departments provided a bunch of soups and chilis for all three lunch shifts and it turned out great. I volunteered to make this Cheesy Corn Chowder and my Chicken Gnocchi Soup, along with the Coconut Cream Cake, Peanut Butter Sheet Cake (I will post this yummy recipe in the next few days) and 10 loaves of the Crusty White Bread.

I have loved corn chowder after I tried my first bowl down at Branson last summer.  I have been looking for an excuse to try my hand at making my own, and treat day provided me my perfect opportunity. I looked and looked for a recipe that had the combination of ingredients that I thought I would like. When I finally ran across this one from Ina Garten, I knew it was time to finish my search. I did change up the amounts on some of the ingredients a bit. I wanted mine a little thicker, so I added more flour. I also wanted a more creamy taste, so I added more  half and half. I also wanted a little more cheese flavor, so I added more cheese. I got raved reviews on this chowder on Friday. I am taking the left overs to The Princess’s house for lunch tomorrow after church. I am sure that Mom and Dad will go corny over this Cheesy Corn Chowder.

You will go corny too! LMK (let me know) if you give this chowder a try!

Here is what  you will need.

You will need corn, of course : ), potatoes, onions (lots of onions) flour, salt, pepper, basil, butter, half and half, olive oil, chicken broth, olive oil and cheese.

         

First thing you need to do is chop all those onions (or talk a someone else into it like I did), then cube the potatoes.

         

The first thing you will need to do is fry up the bacon in little pieces. I used some kitchen shears to cut the raw bacon into little squares before frying off. When the bacon is fried, scoop out the bacon and pour the bacon grease into a large stock pot.

         

In the large stock pot, put the bacon grease, olive oil and butter and melt together. Add the onions and sauté until tender.

         

Once the onions are sautéed, add in the flour and cook for a minute, stirring while the mixture becomes thick.

         

Pour in the chicken stock. Now add in the chopped potatoes. Simmer until the potatoes are tender. Stir occationally.

         

Add in the frozen corn and the half and half. Season with basil, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer on low, until the corn is heated through.

         

Add in the shredded cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. Now, it is all done.

Served with shredded cheese and the fried bacon pieces.

That is all there is to it!

Make this large batch of Cheesy Corn Chowder to keep you warm until Spring is here.

Here is the recipe.

Cheddar Corn Chowder

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

Ingredients:

8 ounces of bacon (I cooked a whole pound package, cause you use the bacon for garnish when you serve it and we love bacon around here)

1/4 cup olive oil (or you can use vegetable oil if you do not have any)

5 cups chopped onion

4 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup flour

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon basil

10 cups of chicken stock

4 cups of half and half

6 cups diced potatoes

10 cups of sweet frozen corn kernels

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Using kitchen shears or a sharp knife, cut the raw bacon in small strips. In a large (and I mean large) stock pot, fry the bacon until the bacon is crispy on medium heat. Leaving the bacon grease in the bottom of the stock pot, strain out the crispy bacon to use as a garnish for the soup when you serve it.

Add the olive oil and the butter to the bacon grease. Keeping the heat on medium, sauté the onions until they are translucent.

After the onions are sautéed, add flour, salt, pepper and basil. Cook and continuously stir the flour and onion mixture for about 3 minutes.

Pour in the chicken stock and stir,

Add in the diced potatoes. Cook until the potatoes are tender.

Add in the frozen corn and the half and half.

Cook for around 5 more minutes, or until the soup is heated through.

Add in the cheddar cheese and stir until all the cheese is melted.

Taste the soup, to see if you need to add more salt or pepper.

Serve and garnish with bacon and cheddar cheese.

Enjoy!

Becky

Other post you may enjoy:

                                      

Velveeta Cheese Soup                                  Poppy Seed Bread                              Oven BBQ Brisket

 

A Corny Dilemma

As you remember, last week I went to the Amish country with my friend Carol.

This is what I came home with.

The hand pies, lasted less than one day.

The green beans and new potatoes got cooked together in a crock pot over the weekend, seasoning with some crispy bacon and bacon drippings.

All I have left is CORN!

What was I thinking buying so much corn all at once.

In my last post, I told you how I made some super yummy corn soup. For the non corn soup believers out there….you really need to try it.

You can find the recipe here, Creamy Corn Soup.

I gave the Princess around 15 ears of corn. I actually hid them in her refrigerator after church before she came home..hehe.

I gave my good buddy Rachel around 15 ears of corn yesterday. I don’t think she wanted that many, but she could not tell my pleading eyes no, espcially since I had just sewn a patch on her daughters ball uniform..haha

I also froze 20 ears of corn, last week.

I am not officially down to 55 ears of corn.

I really wanted to freeze all the corn, but Daughter you does not cook, told me there was  no more room in the freezer. Let me ask you this…how does she know, if she does not cook???

Anywho, later today I am going to make blue ribbon corn relish with my left over corn instead.

So before I go into the kitchen and turn up a little country music and start taking the husk off the rest of corn, I thought I would give you the freezer corn recipe I used.

First, I need to tell you that I lost my favorite freezer corn recipe.

GRRRRR

So, in my desperation, I got on the internet and started looking for a recipe.

This recipe, keep popping up. I do not who to credit it too, since is was dead Aunt Mables recipe and Uncle Bob’s X wife sister in law…once removed recipe. Do you get my drift?

I changed it up just a bit.

But I still won’t call it my recipe.

I am sure it is in one of the those long used, tattered paged cookbook that has been passed down to family.

Now, I am passing it on to you.

Here is what you will need. 20 cups of fresh cut corn, sugar, salt, water, freezer bags and a large pot.

In a large pot, add the 20 cups of corn and add one cup of sugar.

Next, add in 1/4 cup of salt.

Now, add 5 cups of cold water to the corn, sugar and salt.

With a long handled spoon, stir everything together until the sugar and salt have dissolved.

Put two cups of corn into freezer bags, making sure to get some of the liquid in each bag. I wrote the day I froze it and the cooking instructions on each bag.

Here is the 10 bags of corn that the recipe made.

Here is the recipe.

Sweet Freezer Corn

Ingredients:

20 cups of fresh cut corn off the cob

1 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of salt

5 cups of cold water.

Directions:

In a large pot, add the corn, sugar, salt and water. Stir until the sugar and salt have dissolved.

Put two cups into freezer bags and freeze.

When ready to use, take out of the freezer and boil for 10 minutes or until the corn is tender.

I need to peel out and peel husk off of the rest of that corn.

Enjoy your day!

Becky