Friday, August 17, 2007

Grilled Corn Chowder

The Recipe:

5 ears of grilled corn
5 cups chicken or veg. stock
1 lb. red or yukon gold potatoes, cut into medium dice
3 pieces of good smoked bacon
1 med. onion, small dice
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
cream, about 1/4 cup
milk, about 1/4 cup (or, as you may have guessed, 1/2 cup of half-n-half)
S&P to taste

Stand each corn cob on its ends on a cutting board and slice the kernels off; reserve. Simmer corn cobs (yes- I mean the cobs, the middle part you were just going to toss out) in the stock for about 10 min., then remove and discard cobs.

In a separate pot (3 qt. or larger) fry bacon to crisp and then remove to paper towels. Cook onion in rendered bacon fat over med. heat until golden brown, about 5-8 minutes. Add stock & potatoes; bring to boil and cook until potatoes are starting to soften, about 8 minutes. Add reserved corn kernels and bring back up to boil. Remove and puree 2 cups of soup in blender or with boat motor, then add back to pot. Stir well, turn off heat and let sit until boiling stops. Add milk & cream, thyme, crumbled bacon and S&P to taste to soup.

The Story:

Serve with a hunk of good bread and some tomatoes from the garden and you've got a happy, easy dinner.

Just grill extra corn whenever you're going to have it; wrap the extra ears when you're done. 5 ears is approximate; use what you have. Simmering the cobs adds extra corn flavor to the soup. If you forgot to keep the cobs or whatever, don't worry. Also, this works fine with leftover boiled corn, but the grilled corn adds a nice flavor and a touch of color.

Sage could easily substitute for the thyme, but I use sage all summer in bean salads, so it's nice to use a different herb here.

3 comments:

Marilyn said...

FYI.. the Braun you have posted here didn't work well for us. We had another Braun for almost 15 years (post college, to make eggnog), same type of thing - one base more like a hand mixer, two wisks to plug in, or a chopper, or a stick blender. It died about 10 months ago. We got the one you had the link to for a Christmas present. It died before July 4th. Didn't like to grate hard Italian cheese, and the motor overheated and konked out with a puff of smoke. We finally found the original style we had - now with additional dough hooks - for only about $15 more at Linens 'n Things. Never bought a food processor because we have this multi-tasker!

Sharon GR said...

I have a basic Braun stick blender- no attachments came with it- and it's a good 5 years old now. It's been through everything. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a current link to it- they must only sell this set nowadays.

Good to know about the new Braun...

Sharon GR said...

The kids asked for this even though corn season has passed, so I made it with frozen corn.

Never again.

It doesn't even compare with using sweet Jersey corn. The frozen corn was starchy and awful, not the lovely silky flavor we're used to having in this soup. Lesson learned. We'll just have to wait for corn season to make this again.