The sweet taste and yellow color of corn can add some sunshine to a soup on a dreary day. While I love it in Vegetable Beef Soup, corn chowder can really lighten my spirits on a rainy, overcast day.
This particular recipe is a very creamy chowder uses the traditional bacon and potato base. I did modify the original recipe from McCall’s Cookbook circa. 1963 a little. It made a fairly thin chowder that I thickened some by making a roux using Wondra flour and grease from the bacon. Using half-and-half instead of the milk should also make it thicker.
Recipe: Corn Chowder
- 4 slices chopped bacon
- 1 thinly sliced med. onion
- 2 – 3 Tbsp. bacon grease
- 2 – 3 Tbsp. Wondra flour
- 1 1/4 c. water
- 4 cubed med. potatoes
- 2 10oz. bags frozen whole kernel corn
- 1 c. heavy cream
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1/4 c. butter
- 2 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. white pepper
- 2 c. milk or half-and-half or a combination
- In a large saucepan or heavy bottomed pot, saute bacon until golden brown.
- Add onion slices and cook until they are translucent.
- Remove onions and bacon and set aside.
- Pour off excess grease, reserving 2 – 3 Tbsp.
- Add equal amount of flour to the grease and cook briefly.
- Add water to roux.
- Then add return onion and bacon to mixture.
- Add potatoes and water.
- Cover and bring to a boil.
- Then lower heat and cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
- When done, remove cover and set aside.
- Combine corn (partially thawed works best), cream, sugar and butter in a med. pan with lid.
- Simmer, covered for 12 minutes.
- Add corn mixture to potato mixture pot/skillet.
- Cook on low heat for 10 minutes more or until heated thoroughly without boil.
DO NOT BOIL.
Fresh corn may be used instead of frozen.
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