The other day, I went to The Pioneer Woman’s website and was met with a vision of corn chowder loveliness. I couldn’t get it out of my head. I don’t usually crave corn chowder. It’s just not something that I even give a passing thought. But that day I couldn’t stop thinking about it. J went out to blow the leaves off the roof, clean-out the gutters and get the giant piles to to the side of the road for pick-up. I was left in charge of dinner and decided that I must have the corn chowder that had been taunting me all day. The only problem was that I didn’t have the ingredients on hand to make PW’s corn chowder. I took stock of my pantry, did a quick Google search for recipes from which to glean some ideas and created something so divine, so wonderful, that mere words cannot describe it. You’ll just have to make a batch for yourself.
Potato Corn Chowder
2 cups of red potatoes, diced (this was 5-6 smallish sized potatoes)
1 cup sliced carrots
1/4 to 1/2 red onion
1-2 serrano or jalapeno peppers, diced
2 1/2 cups water
1 bouillon cube
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 clove garlic
1 can of creamed corn
1 can of regular corn
1 cup of heavy cream
1 cup of milk
1 c of Velveeta, or similar product, diced
Bring bouillon cube and water to a boil and add potatoes, carrots, onion, serranos, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, parsley and garlic to the pot. Boil for 15-20 minutes, until veggies are tender. Mash the veggies a little with your spoon. Add creamed corn, regular corn, cream, milk and Velveeta, and heat through, letting cheese melt completely. That’s it!
This soup was a big hit although J and N both complained mightily that there was no meat. That can easily be rectified with the addition of chicken, bacon or sausage. Anything would work. That’s the great thing about soup. You can make it out of nearly anything and it’s really, really hard to mess up. I don’t normally have creamed corn on hand but I had bought a can to make some corn casserole. I actually opened it on accident, so I just threw it in the soup and it turned-out great. It was so good, in fact, that I kept ladling “just one more bite” into my bowl while cleaning-up. I ate so many “bites” that I was stuffed by the time the dishes were done. It certainly satisfied my craving and even the boys had to admit they really liked it, even without meat. A definite winner in my house and pretty economical, too. We’re still working on our challenge to use our pantry items, so this fit the bill.
What about you? Have you tried any new soup recipes lately? Soups and chowders are just so satisfying this time of year.