Corn and Potato Chowder

Yield:
Feeds 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 pound bacon, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 4 cups peeled, finely diced all-purpose potato
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
Directions

Sling the butter into a soup kettle and melt over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook till crisp. Scoop out the bacon and drain on paper towels. Save for later--don't nibble too much.

Pour off all but 1/4 cup of fat from the pot. Toss in the onions and peppers, seasoning them with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook till soft and then throw in the garlic, cooking it all for 1 minute more. Sprinkle on the flour and mix into the veggies. Dump in the broth and potatoes. Cover the pot and bring to a boil; then lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, or till the potatoes are tender. Add the shredded carrots and corn. Cover and simmer everything 5 to 6 minutes longer to blend the flavors.

Stir in the half-and-half. Season with the thyme, cayenne, some more salt, and lots of freshly ground black pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and the bacon bits you've been saving. Give it one last stir, and ladle it up piping hot.


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This soup is the best potato chowder out there! I emulsify the soup just a bit so there are some potato chunks after simmering with vegetables and before adding the half-n-half. I then add cubed ham for some protein and my meat loving husband. A meal in a bowl. This is even better the second day reheated. Great recipe, thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Omitted green pepper, sliced the carrots and cooked with potatoes. Topped with a little shredded cheddar. Went heavy on the black pepper. Fantastic and easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Omitted carrots and added small can of drained, diced green chilies. For the broth, I used Better than Bouillon chicken base, 3 1/2 tablespoons to the quart of water. I prefer this brand for recipes that call for stock. Other than mentioned items, I made it exactly as stated in the recipe. Lots of freshly ground pepper after ladling in bowl. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, i can't have bacon so i didn't use that. I used canola oil to keep the veggies from burning and not butter. I did use fresh thyme, and corn not packaged and whipping cream not half and half. I also used stock i had made myself using Michael Chiarello's recipe (i doubt the person's recipe it is matters that's just the one i used. I think making your own stock reeeeeaally makes it awesome. I sliced the carrots not shredded (yuck baby food. I put red pepper flakes as i think their flavor is better for this and i put a little liquid smoke in there to add some depth. Someone stated the consistency was off and i have to mention if you don't use baking potatoes and don't cook them until they "fall apart" you wont get the right consistency. White or gold potatoes are a NO NO in chowder. All in all my favorite Corn and Potato chowder recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was ok but nothing special. I made it as written but would leave out the carrots if I were to make it again. They didn't taste as though they belonged; seemed to conflict with the othe flavor and textures. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I should say I completely modified this recipe to suit my Requirement. I am vegetarian, avoided using bacon, chicken stock. Instead of butter I used canola oil. Used all the basic ingredients that was used in the recipe as well as added small can of cream style corn. It turned out to be good as well and whole pot was empty. I am making it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it !!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
awsum item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty. I thought the consistency was too chunky so I blended 1/3 of it and added it back in to make the soup base thicker. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great basic recipe and easily varied by adding things like diced green chilis or other veggies. I cooked the bacon in a separate pan and added 1 Tbsp of the fat to the soup pot with some canola oil to saute the onions in the interest of lowering sat fat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, mild, and flavorful. We did the initial saute as written, then cooked it all day in the slow cooker, before adding the cream and spices and finishing it back on the stove for a couple minutes. The carrots, onion and pepper liquify if done this way, but still darn tasty. You could easily convert this recipe to vegetarian or even vegan without losing much. Ditch the bacon, use vegetable stock, thicken with a little cornstarch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved it. I added some pre-cooked chicken. Very good. However, we liked it so much, we think this is really only for 4 very hungry people. However, it's all we had for this meal. No salad or bread with it. And I used 1 percent milk to save on calories. Still very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty! Good comfort food. Gives the appearance of having cheese which was a disappointment to my husband when he tasted it and discovered no cheese. A little shredded parmesan on top and he was a happy camper once again. Made it step by step by the directions the first time I made this. Served with toasted homemade bread and it was wonderful. Not sure that the parsley added anything special to the soup but it was pretty. The second time I made it I made a double batch (planning for leftovers!, pureed 2 cups of soup to thicken to thicken it up a bit, and added a shredded up rotisserie chicken to give it a titch more hardiness. This is definately a make-again meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the advice of one of your reviewers, "nurisrivera", and lightened the chowder up a bit by using low fat milk instead of half and half, and thickened it up by pureeing part of the finished soup before adding the milk. It turned out great..a super flavorful soup and great way to use the abundance of corn available this time of year. Yumm!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome! I made this exactly as written with the exception of making a little more bacon. I used an immersion blender and blended it a little bit to thicken it up, I added a little bit of shredded chicken to the bottom of the bowl with a little cheese for a complete meal. The kids gobbled it up! Very quick and easy to put together too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Any recipe that has "chowder" in the title gets me excited to try it. This was no exception. Wow! I have made this without the 1/2 and 1/2 and it was still real good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is soooo dang good! It is easy to make and is gone fast! The second time I tried this I added a package of Andouille sausage, cubed it, and more bacon to make it meatier and add a spicy flavor. I also added broccoli florets instead of corn. It was delicious and very filling. I made some cornbread to go with it and just crumbled it on top of the soup. Something about the cornbread gave it a better "chowder" consistency and a sweetness, must have been the butter on top of the breadthat made the soup even better. This is the best recipe, you have to try it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sooooooo good. My only changes were to use chopped red pepper instead of green, hit it with an immersion blender before adding the corn and then stir in a hefty handful of aged cheddar cheese. Will make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Added extra bacon (because bacon makes everything better) and a splash more 1/2&1/2 and about 1/2 T of cayenne instead of the pinch suggested 'cause we love spicy. All in all, awsome recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I eat at this restaurant a dozen times a year. Food is awesome.Great recipe. I made a few changes by cooking the carrots with the onions and green pepper. I also chopped them to a medium dice versus the shredded. I used fresh thyme vs the dry store stuff. Fresh is always the way to go. I also agree with an earlier post regarding the thickness of a "True" chowder. This one is spot on. Great job Dinosaur BBQ as always ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really enjoyed this recipe, however I did make a few changes. I added a whole pound of bacon due to the family being bacon lovers and the flavor of the bacon just really does something for it. Also I added more half and half because it just wasn't creamy enough for me. I probably also could have fixed that by adding less chicken stock, but I was already past that point. I also did not cut up the green pepper tiny enough. I would recommend pinky nail sized pieces. You can notice the sogginess in bigger chunks, whereas the tiny pieces would just kind of melt in your mouth. I hope this helps! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Having now made this I admit I'm surprised the reviews were so excellent, with the recipe carrying a 5 star rating. I did enjoy the soup, but felt let down after reading such rave reviews. Definitely delicious and worthy of 4 stars from me and as always, much better the next day. Next time I'd like to maybe thicken it up, add some chicken and serve over a biscuit! M'mm...I think that would be yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy to make and tastes great! Sadly I had to make two changes because I was short on two ingredients. Instead of bacon I used ham and I had no thyme do I had to use tarragon. However the soup still rocked! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a light corn chowder. I have to say that I made some changes to the recipe. Instead of half-and-half, I used low fat milk and at the end when the soup was fully cooked, I put half of the soup in the blender and incorporated the blended portion with the rest of it and it became a thicker soup but with less calories. It is an excellent recipe. I loved it. I have now made it twice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have a killer corn and chowder recipe I make, so making anything else is not typical. I saw the great ratings and had to try it. Im so glad I did. I will say it is like a stewp (as Rachel Ray would say) The flavors were great together. And I loved leaving the bacon as a garnish gave it a great crunchy texture at the end. I also added the parsley, green onion and shredded cheddar cheese as a garnish on top, The cheese really helped make it more of a chowder and thickened it up. Definitely a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was delicious and looked like a picture from a cookbook! We diced the carrots instead of grating and added them along with the potatoes. We also used thin skinned, new, white potatoes and didn't bother to peel them - sure sped up the prep work! Loved the bacon and parsley garnish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just wanted to chime in on the people complaining that it's not thick enough for a chowder. Traditionally, chowders are not thick in fact they were originally made with milk and never contained any thickener. Seriously, thickening agents like flour, cornstarch and arrowroot should be used in a chowder and muddy the flavor. If you want it thicker, then follow Gloria's suggestion to puree some of the soup but please don't add flour. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe. I read a couple of reviews where people complained hat it was not thick enough. Just take a cup on the chowder throw it into a blender and put the blended chowder back into the pot. Thickens the soup instantly and doesn't change the taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe has a lot of ingredients, but it is really very simple and the result is delicious! I've made it many times and it always get eaten to the last drop. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved it!!! It was just perfect, though my husband and I added linguiza and fresh thyme rather than dry thyme. Absolutely perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was so easy to make and it was really good! My husband loved it and it was perfect for a cold October night. Plus, the leftovers tasted great the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner and we all decided it replaces my old chowder recipe. I did allow the roux to thicken up for quite awhile, and I smashed some of the potatoes in order to thicken the chowder up a bit. I served it with asiago-sourdough bread. I loved the addition of the shredded carrots. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an excellent tasting chowder, however it NEEDS to be thicker for it to be a chowder..much thicker. I did read the comments posted earlier and I do agree that more flour is needed. Also I used heavy whipping cream instead of half & half. I will make this again as the family LOVED it, however next time will make thicker. **** One last thought: I added EXTRA SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE to the top of the bowls...goodness did this kick up the taste & make the soup richer & creamier....please give it a try**** item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so quick and easy to make. I didn't have any thyme and I also added a stalk of celery too. It was very good. I had no leftovers so I'm going to make it again today and try it with the thyme this time. I also used used half & half instead of heavy cream and it turned out good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
By far the best potato conn chowder I ever made ''HATS OFF BIG TIME'' item not reviewed by moderator and published
Definitely make sure to thicken the roux enough. Might follow the suggestion of another review and add an additional tablespoon of flour. Would reduce the amount of chicken stock as well. Double the amount of thyme. I didn't have carrots on hand, so I added more corn. Will try carrots next time, Flavor is great... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did change the recipe a bit. I added celery to it and sliced the carrots instead of shredding them. Plus, I found that the soup wasn't thick enough so I doubled the flour. Instead of chopping up a bunch of potatoes I used a bag of frozen potatoes O'Brien. Made things go a lot faster! I've made it twice and both times it went fast! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sooo dang good!! I pretty much followed the recipe to the tee. I did throw in a can of creamed corn - only because I didn't have enough frozen. Will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used this recipe for a soup party/ competition. Everyone brings a soup and everyone taste tests the soups. Then we vote on the winner. I won first place with this soup! I won the silver ladle!! I doubled everything, didn't use carrots, I used frozed potatos diced to make it way easier, and added one can of rotel for more spice.(OHh yeah I also used 2 cans of creamed corn to thicken I like a lot of corn so I did extra) I had to hand chop everything so it took me a good 2 1/2 hrs from start to finish but was WELL worth it! Ive never made a better soup! It was so good with a nice kick to it! You will LOVE IT!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for volunteers at a community clinic. A big hit. I used half creamed corn and substituted red pepper for green. Both of which brought out the sweetness of the corn. A little fresh lemon juice at the end brightened the flavors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, and easy to make. Very tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This chowder is easy and delicious. I used fat free half and half. Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup packs a flavorful punch. I did not alter the recipie at all, it was perfect the first time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and delicious. This one's a keeper item not reviewed by moderator and published
I left out the peppers and added more corn, including a can of creamed corn. it helped, but the broth was still not thick enough. sprinkled some flour on. next time I'll work better on making the roux, I kept browning everything too much. the thyme is really great in it, the fresh parsley added a great splash of beautiful color. a very great tasting soup, I would recommend it but try to thicken it up a bit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best soup ever and sooo easy to make. We ate it every day and I even scored points with my boss for bringing some in for her. I didn't use the cayenne but substituted with a cherry pepper from the garden. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a good, easy corn chowder recipe. I modified it slightly to suit my own liking. I kept my potatos in 1/2" chunks vs. finely dicing them. I also added an additional 2/3 can of creamed corn to the chowder as well. I would also make one suggestion - I found the green peppers to be a bit strong and would reduce the recipe to 1/2 cup for my next batch - but this is my own personal taste. All in all it was very good and was a big hit on a nice cool Sunday afternoon watching some football. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so good! It has tons of flavor. I used more corn (5 ears) than the recipe calls for. My husband couldnt believe that it was so hearty. I actually called my mom and told her to come over to taste it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used small red potatoes and it was delicious! My husband said he would never have ordered this at a restaurant, but it was the best chowder he'd ever had. It was thick, creamy and very flavorful. The shredded carrot really adds to the texture and taste. A winner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i did not use butter when i made the bacon however i did add some butter to the onions when i sauteed them. i also added one red jalapeno and subsituted some red bell pepper for the green. my guests went wild! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. Next time I might try a little less cream and maybe some creamed corn.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had made this recipe for my husband and I and it turned out PERFECT. I asked him how it was and he said the best homemade soup he ever had. I thought it was quite delicious myself. I will make it more often now. Prep time and cook time was not bad at all. Very easy! I hope this helps. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I mashed the potatoes before serving to give it a thicker, heartier texture. My husband and guests LOVED it. Thanks for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was absolutely one of the best chowders i've ever made. My husband loved it. I will definitely make more next time i cook! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added the rest of my honeybaked ham to this recipe and was it ever good. You could customize this any way you want, you cant go wrong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great flavor and easy to make. Great winter pick me up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am so addicted to this one! It's so easy to make and even easier to heat up later for a meal on cold days. Add a little cajun seasoning to spice it up, YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple instructions , using items already in your fridge and pantry. Thank you SO much item not reviewed by moderator and published
This really is a comfort soup. Just what I wanted. The only real fat if from the bacon being fried. We don't even use all of the grease but it does add great flavor. We've made this more than once already. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an quick and easy recipie. I dont like clams and this was a fantastic substitute. Tastes even better the second day!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone in the house loves it! I have started making double batches so we can eat it for a few days. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I prefer using cream style corn to add a little sweetness. This just wasn't the corn chowder I've been craving. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I searched for a chowder recipe without clams for a friend who doesn't like clams. I thought this recipe was a major winner - very easy, fast and very tasty. We liked the little bite from the cayenne. If you don't care for a hint of spice I'd leave it out. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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