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Summer Sweet Corn Chowder

Corn chowder may seem like a great dish for a cool Fall day, but when it’s made with Summer sweet corn, it becomes a bowl full of flavor to enjoy even in the middle of the Summer!

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ear of summer sweet corn from late in the season

You know what would make Ikea really amazing? If it was in the tiniest building ever. The rooms are all designed for small efficient living and yet the building its all hosted in is a labyrinth of winding halls. I know this is not a feasible idea, but wouldn’t it really seal the deal on the magic of Ikea if the building was even tiny?

So yeah, we went to Ikea the other day for who knows what (because by the time we got there, we couldn’t remember why we had to go). They did the smartest thing I have yet to see at an Ikea, and replaced the fake TVs with real flat screens so that the men could enjoy football while the women spent ungodly amounts of money on Svinderglupins.

It all made me a little sad though. I am not good at daydreaming when reality is so muddled. I can dream about things if the ground under me is solid – but when its not – it’s just a reminder of everything that’s wrong.

I have been itching to make soups and stews, but it’s still too hot for that type of thing so I saw this recipe for corn chowder and jumped on it because it screamed the best of both worlds.

Summer Sweet Corn Chowder \\ Recipe on PassTheSushi.com

Sweet Corn Chowder to cap off the summer

I tried to make this corn chowder too late in the season. Corn was a distant memory at every one of the local markets. The few ears left were small and sad. 🙁

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I went to 5 markets in search of 10 ears of sweet corn (lucky for them, each market lured me in for something I didn’t need), finally gathering enough ears to make this. I think freshly picked sweet corn would make all the difference in this recipe.

The chowder was good, but very mild, almost losing the corn flavor (I am blaming this on the tiny, not-as-fresh-corn for not producing enough milk or kernels for a more potent flavor). I will be trying this again next summer when the farm stands are open and packed and I will be adding some nice crispy bacon on top. I can’t wait.

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SUMMER SWEET CORN CHOWDER

Summer Sweet Corn Chowder \\ Recipe on PassTheSushi.com

Serve with a big smile on your face, because you know this will be the most wonderful corn chowder of the summer!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 medium ears of fresh yellow corn, husks and silks removed
  • 2 ounces of salt pork, trimmed of rind and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, preferably Spanish, chopped fine
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth (I used turkey and it was delish)
  • 2 medium red potatoes diced into ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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Instructions

Prepare the corn.

  1. Cut the kernels off four of the ears of corn. It is easiest to cut the ear in half and then use a chef’s knife to cut downwards along the ear. You don’t want to go so deep that you get any cob, just nice juicy kernels of corn. Set aside, you should have roughly 3 cups.
  2. Milk the remaining six ears and the cobs you cut the kernels off. To do this use the coarsest side of your grater and grate the corn off. Then use the back of your knife to scrape off any remaining pulp and juice.
  3. You should have about 2 cups of pulp and corn juice.

Make the Chowder

  1. In a heavy deep pan like a Dutch oven or stock pot, sauté the salt pork over medium heat, use a flat spatula to press down on the salt pork to help the fat come out as you cook it for about 10 minutes or until both sides of the pork fat are nice and crackling brown.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and then add the butter and onions. Cover and cook until softened about 12 minutes.
  3. Remove the salt pork and reserve.
  4. Add the minced garlic and sauté one minute.
  5. Then you’re going to make a roué by adding the flour and whisking it in.
  6. Then slowly add the stock whisking as you go.
  7. Add the potatoes, bay leaf, thyme, whole milk, corn pulp and then add back in the salt pork.
  8. Bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently until the potatoes are almost tender, 8-10 minutes.
  9. Now add in the corn kernels and heavy cream and return to a simmer; simmer until the corn kernels are tender yet still slightly crisp, about 5 minutes.
  10. Take out the bay leaf and salt pork.
  11. Serve with a big smile on your face, because you know this will be the most wonderful corn chowder of the summer!

Nutrition information provided is an estimate from nutritionix.com. For specific health concerns, please put the recipe into your Dr recommended nutrition calculator.

To top it all off, the Ikea cafe really creeps me out. Not really sure why, other than food in the middle of a furniture store seems weird to me. I guess when the zombie apocalypse comes about – we could all head to an Ikea for tiny meatballs and fine Swedish engineered futons. We may last a while there.

jan

Friday 24th of February 2012

Does anyone have a recipe for fresh sweet corn/corn chowder that uses the cob as the base for the soup, the cobs, corn removed, are simmered in water or broth to give the chowder the most heavenly taste. Found a recipe somewhere and by the next season had lost it, all my searches have been dead ends. I found my recipe in some magazine or flyer, of course I can't remember which one so any help or recipes that you might have using the cobs would be appreciated.

Dorcas

Tuesday 21st of September 2010

Our son loves corn! I am trying new food for him and this one will be on my list. Thank you for sharing! Have a great day! ~Dorcas

alicia

Tuesday 21st of September 2010

Sounds delish. Never tried it before. Thanks for introducing me to new ideas and linkin up to tasty tuesdays.

amandab

Tuesday 21st of September 2010

Sounds like it would b lovely (with the fresh, happy corn), but I had to google "salt pork" as I'd never heard of it before!

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