It is sad to say but the time has come and summer is almost over. As sad as this makes me let's try to think of this is in a glass half full kind of way! Corn is basically being given away at the grocery store and it is sweet and perfect for this chowder. This chowder is pretty easy to throw together. It requires a bit of chopping but I suggest you put on the soundtrack to the movie Grease or maybe even just talk to your cats while they stand by your feet and demand treats. Either way you choose you will end up with delicious corn chowder at the end.
fresh corn chowder:
adapted from here
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 large onion; diced
2 small carrots; diced
1 bell pepper; diced
1 poblano pepper; diced (use 2 bell peppers if you'd like, I wanted a little more heat)
2 celery stalks; diced
5 ears of corn; kernels removed. save the cobs!! we're going to use them (tip: how to take the corn off the cob)
1 bay leaf
4 cups milk
1 cup light cream
(*You could definitely just use milk if you'd like a lighter option. I used both because I am wild and crazy*)
1 large russet potato, cut into cubes
2 teaspoon chopped chives
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1.2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
In a large soup pot melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted and starting to bubble add in onion, pepper, carrot and celery. Stir everything together and let it cook and soften for 7 to 8 minutes.
Break all the reserved corn cobs (stripped of kernels) in half and add into the pot. Next add in the bay leaf, milk and cream. Bring up to a boil and then turn down to a low simmer. Cover and let simmer 20 minutes. Turn your heat to lower than you think you need it to be and check on it and stir every few minutes. You want to be sure to not scald the milk at the bottom of the pot. I kept checking every couple of minutes at this point to stir and make sure nothing bad was happening.
Next, add in the diced potatoes chives, thymes salt, turn heat up so it is simmering and then turn down and let cook another 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove the bay leaf and corn cobs. Add in the corn kernels and black pepper and let simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper if you'd like!