This thick, creamy chowder starts with a homemade broth made with cream-style corn, onions, celery, garlic and spices. Other chowder mainstays—potatoes, bacon and green onions—contribute to the delectable taste and enticing texture. Jalapeño peppers add a hint of heat.
Makes 8 servings
- 1 recipe Corn Broth (see below)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 8 cups frozen whole-kernel corn
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sliced green onions, divided
- 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped*
- 2 cups chopped, peeled Yukon gold potatoes
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- Kosher salt and white pepper, to taste
- Hot sauce, to taste
- 3 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained and chopped
Prepare Corn Broth (see below); set aside. In a large pot heat oil over medium heat. Add corn, 1 cup green onions and jalapeño peppers. Cook for 5 minutes or until green onions and peppers are softened, stirring occasionally. Add Corn Broth, potatoes and thyme. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Cool slightly. Remove thyme sprig.
Transfer 2 cups cooked mixture to a blender or food processor. Cover and blend until smooth. Return mixture to pot. Simmer for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt, white pepper and hot sauce. Serve chowder topped with bacon and remaining 2 tablespoons green onions.
*Note: Chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes. When working with jalapeños, wear protective gloves.
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