Comfort Food: Potato & Corn Chowder
October 22, 2009
You know the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” ? Well, in my household, the way to Mr. CG’s heart is through a bowl of very hot homemade soup. The man likes his soup. Hot. Tasty. And homemade.
My criteria? It’s gotta be easy to make. So here’s my recipe for a good ol’ bowl of home cooked chowda. Potatoes + Corn + Cream + Butter + Thyme = Yum.
I made this again last night. Oh boy is it good.
Your thighs won’t thank you. Your stomach will.
Recipe: Easy Potato & Corn Chowder with Bacon Crumble
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 inch pat of butter
1 small yellow onion (or 1/2 large yellow onion)
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
6 medium yellow potatoes
3/4 teaspoon thyme (or sprig of fresh thyme)
1/2 tsp white pepper
Salt to taste
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
2 cups half & half
Dash tabasco or hot sauce (optional)
Sour cream topping (optional)
Heat olive oil and butter in pan. Dice your onion very fine and soften in butter/oil mixture for 8 – 10 minutes on medium low heat. Meanwhile peel your yellow potatoes and chop them into small cubes. Add chicken broth to your softened onions and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and thyme and cook on medium heat (low boil) for 15 minutes until potatoes are soft.
If you have one of these blender babies, you’re in luck. I use mine to break up the taters and make them all soft and chowder like. If you don’t have one, then pour half of your cooked soup into a heat safe blender and give it a good whirl.
If you have neither, that’s fine too. You’ll just have more chunky chowder. Cooking your soup a little longer than the recipe will help to soften your taters without the blender option.
Now add your frozen corn and your half & half, white pepper and salt to taste. Mix it all together. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes. If you like spice, give it a dash of hot sauce or tabasco sauce for kick. Just a dash !
Mmmm, a hint spicy. Me likey.
Add a dollop of sour cream and some bacon crumble and you’ve got yourself a happy home. And a happy stomach.
Perhaps some unhappy thighs, but who cares. It’s comfort food. Enjoy !
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