Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cheddar Corn Chowder

I love it when my Barefoot Blogger assignments coincide with my weekly meal plan so well. I make a new soup recipe every Monday, and this week's choice by Jill from My Next Life was perfect. This corn chowder is perfectly creamy and packed full of veggies, I will definitely be making this again.


8 ounces bacon, chopped
1/4 cup good olive oil
6 cups chopped yellow onions (4 large onions)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
12 cups chicken stock
6 cups medium-diced white boiling potatoes, unpeeled (2 pounds)
10 cups corn kernels, fresh (10 ears) or frozen (3 pounds)
2 cups half-and-half
8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated


In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, cook the bacon and olive oil until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions and butter to the fat, and cook for 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent.

Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and potatoes, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. If using fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cob and blanch them for 3 minutes in boiling salted water.

Drain. (If using frozen corn you can skip this step.) Add the corn to the soup, then add the half-and-half and cheddar. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Serve hot with a garnish of bacon.


Me! said...

Yes! This soup was wonderful! Finally, someone who isn't all worked up about it having some fat in it. Great job!

Kate said...

Well I'm one of those got all worked up about the fat (mind you, I used all five kinds, but just scaled it back), and still enjoyed it. Funny, I make a new pot of soup every Friday night, like you do every Monday.

Tonya @ What's On My Plate said...

i love that you make soup every monday! this recipe was great... it will be in my regular rotation.