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Sweet Corn Chowder

This is a great recipe to make in the peak of corn season because you can make extra to freeze for later in the season. It is perfect as a starter or an entrée by simply adding a piece of fish and some wilted spinach. 

Prep Time:

1.5 Hours

Cook Time:

1.5 Hours

Makes:

1 Gallon

EQUIPMENT

Blender

Large heavy bottom pot

Sauté Pan

Chef’s knife

Wooden spoon

Sheet tray

Cutting board

Mesh strainer

 

INGREDIENTS

12 ears sweet corn (shucked and rinsed of all silk)

1 lb of bacon, small dice

1 cup of yellow onions, diced

¾ cup of celery, cleaned and diced

2 tbsps of garlic, minced

3 cups of russet potatoes, diced

¼ cup of jalapeños, stemmed, seeded and small diced

1 cup of white wine

3 cups of corn stock (chicken stock or vegetable stock works as well)

2 cups of heavy cream

1 tsp of cayenne pepper (optional)

2 tbsps of dry sherry, good quality (optional)

EQUIPMENT

Blender

Large heavy bottom pot

Sauté Pan

Chef’s knife

Wooden spoon

Sheet tray

Cutting board

Mesh strainer

 

INGREDIENTS

12 ears sweet corn (shucked and rinsed of all silk)

1 lb of bacon, small dice

1 cup of yellow onions, diced

¾ cup of celery, cleaned and diced

2 tbsps of garlic, minced

3 cups of russet potatoes, diced

¼ cup of jalapeños, stemmed, seeded and small diced

1 cup of white wine

3 cups of corn stock (chicken stock or vegetable stock works as well)

2 cups of heavy cream

1 tsp of cayenne pepper (optional)

2 tbsps of dry sherry, good quality (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Shave all the kernels off the cob (should be about 6 cups). Using the back of a chef’s knife, scrape any remaining corn juices into a bowl. 
  2. Slowly render the bacon in a sauté pan over low heat until just barely crisp. This should take about 15 minutes. Stir frequently. Once it’s starting to brown and crisp slightly, strain the fat off into a bowl and reserve. Place the bacon bits on a paper towel.
  3. In a 2-gallon heavy bottom pot add 2 tbsps of the bacon fat and place on medium heat. Once the fat has warmed for a minute, add the onions, celery, and garlic. Cook until they have become translucent, about 10 minutes. (Do not brown)
  4. Deglaze with white wine and reduce by half. Add the stock and bring to a simmer. Add half the corn and simmer for 30 minutes.  
  5. On a sheet tray, combine the diced jalapeños, remaining corn, and bacon fat and roast at 350 for 10 minutes.
  6. Taste the broth for seasoning and adjust with salt. The broth should be very well seasoned at this point. Add the diced potatoes and simmer for 15 minutes until they are just tender. (Potatoes will absorb most of the salt)
  7. Remove half of the soup, including half the corn and potatoes, and blend (in batches) until smooth. This will act as your thickener. Pour blended soup back in the pot. Add heavy cream, corn-jalapeño mixture, corn milk, and bacon. Add cayenne now if you want an extra kick. Simmer for 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning. Add sherry if desired.
  8. If you want a thicker soup you can make a corn starch slurry. Combine 2 tbsps of corn starch with 2 tbsp of cold water and mix to resemble cream. Slowly whisk into the soup and bring to a low boil for 5 minutes.
  9. Either serve immediately or cool rapidly. (A frozen water bottle with no labels or ice in a Ziplock bag works well dipped directly in the pot)

*It's recommended to add a generous amount of fresh cracked black pepper when serving this at the table. You may also add good quality sherry tableside for an extra touch. Popcorn seasoned with old bay makes for a great garnish.

Farm Stand | CSA Shares

With deep roots in agriculture and a legacy of Southern hospitality, Ashbourne Farm is proud to offer fresh, locally grown produce, meats, and more to the community. All of our recipes are made with ingredients available in our Farm Stand and CSA Shares.

Farm Stand | CSA Shares

With deep roots in agriculture and a legacy of Southern hospitality, Ashbourne Farm is proud to offer fresh, locally grown produce, meats, and more to the community. All of our recipes are made with ingredients available in our Farm Stand and CSA Shares.