With the weather (HOPEFULLY!) cooling down soon, it’s probably a good time to post some cooler-weather recipes!
This base recipe for corn chowder – from my book, “Sweet Corn Spectacular” – can be customized in many ways. It requires a little bit of effort, but it’s very much worth it. Roasting the corn before incorporating it into the chowder elevates the flavour in beautiful ways!
Roasted Corn Chowder
6–7 ears fresh sweet corn, husks removed
Prepare grill. Brush 3–4 corn cobs with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and grill corn until as “done” as you like (I prefer some dark grill marks but not an overall char). Set aside to cool.
Using a sharp knife, carefully cut kernels off remaining ears of corn. Add kernels to a food processor or blender with 1 cup of the water. Puree until very smooth, about 2 minutes.
In a medium pot over medium heat, cook celery and onion in remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, stirring occasionally, until veggies are translucent and tender. Add corn puree, remaining cup of water, and potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.
Carefully cut kernels off roasted cobs of corn. Add kernels to a food processor or blender and puree with ½ cup heavy cream until somewhat smooth, about 30 seconds. Add roasted corn puree and remaining heavy cream to the pot, and simmer until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
• Add some roasted red peppers along with the roasted corn puree.
• Add some fresh basil and Parmesan cheese with the roasted corn puree.
• Add a couple of roasted jalapeños, finely chopped, with the roasted corn puree.
• Add about 2 cups shredded cheese along with the roasted corn puree.
• Top with crumbled bacon.
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