Sunday, September 28, 2014

Corn & Cheese Chowder and Cornbread

Bev had a dozen ears of good, fresh, young corn and since the weather had cooled, she decided to make it into corn chowder.  She checked the web and decided she liked the recipe from Pioneer Woman for Corn & Cheese Chowder, but she adapted it a quite a bit - click on the link for the original.  I would like Ree’s site if she didn’t show a half dozen photos of adding salt to a dish – a slight exaggeration.

Corn, Potato & Cheese ChowderAdapted from Pioneer Woman

12        ears corn, or less depending on taste and kernel size
4 T.      butter (1/2 Stick)
1 T.      bacon fat
1          medium onion, chopped
3          whole bell peppers, finely diced (red, yellow, orange)
5 T.      all-purpose flour
5 C.     chicken broth, homemade (if you have it)
4 C.     waxy potatoes
2 C.     half-and-half
2 C.     cheddar cheese, shredded

Notes:  We used about twice the recipe amount of corn - maybe 4 cups and Bev wanted the flavor that grilling it adds.  Bev thought the addition of potatoes was a must.  The recipe calls for 3 slices of bacon in the soup, but she prefers it as a crispy garnish so we added some bacon fat for the flavor instead.  We had no green onions to put in the soup so we used chopped chives as a garnish.

1. Shuck corn, rub with oil and grill over high heat to caramelize a little.  Cool enough to handle, cut kernels off cobs, and scrap the cobs with a knife edge.  Set aside
2. In a large pot, melt butter and bacon fat over medium-high heat. Cook onions for a couple of minutes, then add diced bell peppers and cook for a couple of minutes. 
3. Sprinkle flour evenly over the top and stir to combine. 
4. Slowly stir in broth and and allow this to thicken for 3 or 4 minutes, then reduce heat to medium.  It should be pretty thick as the liquid from the potatoes will thin it.
5. Add the potatoes and cook until almost tender.
6. Stir in the cooked corn. 
5. Stir in half-and-half, then cover and allow to simmer/thicken for 15 minutes or so.
6. Stir in cheeses and green onions (Bev forgot these). 
7. When cheese is melted and the soup is hot, check seasonings and add salt and pepper as needed.
8. Check thickness and add a little corn starch mixed with a little half and half to get it where you want it.

To go with the chowder, Bev decided to make a batch of her Mexican cornbread , baked as muffins and she had bacon, red onion, chives, and cheese as garnishes.  I first made up my dish but since it hid the pretty muffin, I made Bev’s differently.

The soup and the cornbread were each delicious but I mixed mine all up together (southern style) and I thought it was way good this way.  While we really liked the soup with Bev's changes, I'm confident the Ree's original would also be very good.  As an aside, we have a retired electrician friend who gladly trades us electrical work for a pan of this cornbread.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


9/22/14 meal date


  1. In my opinion, cornbread goes well with just about everything :) Great looking chowder Bev.

  2. holy moly that looks incredible! I want this for breakfast right now what a delicious photo and recipe!

  3. We've been in the high 80's all this week, and this soup still looks good. Really like the idea of putting that cornbread in the soup!

  4. I've been craving corn chowder for weeks, but it's been way too hot (for we Coastal Californians). Now that Fall weather is here, I'm ready to make more soups. This looks like a great place to start. I guess I'm guilty of showing a lot of photos salting things, but I think we're addicted to "action shots". Bev's tweakings look seriously delicious.

  5. Jim is lovin' being here in VA where he's getting his cornbread and grits and country ham. Along with all the seafood.

  6. Looks sinfully delicious and the cornbread is a perfect match for the chowder! Going on the "must try" for cooler weather list. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Now that looks like another tasty masterpiece.

  8. Bev's chowder looks sooo good Larry. Served with cornbread, what is not to love? I want to try her Mexican cornbread too.

  9. I'd like mine all mixed together too. It looks thick, delicious, and hearty! Great presentation too.

  10. Yum, perfect! A great chowder plus cornbread, perfect combo! I with you all the way about Ree, that drives me crazy too!

  11. My mother used to make corn chowder with bacon, but never cheese. Bev's looks really good!

  12. Grilled corn is a brilliant ingredient.

  13. That looks absolutely fantastic, all of the toppings make it perfect for my tastes. Can you add a shot of you adding salt to it though:? ;)

  14. Mmmmm....cornbread and chowder!! Sounds delicious. Love the bacon and grilling the corn.

  15. Larry, I've come back a few times to look at your corn chowder. It really looks delicious and I love all the garnishes.


  16. I'm trying again to comment using Anonymous because Bev's soup and cornbread dinner sounds great. With high's in the low 60's, this meal would be perfect. Karen (Back Road Journal)


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