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Spring Corn and Potato Chowder

Spring Corn and Potato Chowder - Vegetarian - Supper With Michelle

 

This soup, excuse me, chowder *smiles* is an ode to Spring. Have you heard the song “Younger than Springtime”? Well, the singer Amel Larrieux has a beautiful rendition of that song and it was totally playing in my head as I made this. So with that being said, I wanted to prepare a lighter version of Corn Chowder that typically has a thick milk base. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love that version too, but just not for this one. This is a simple chowder. The milk that naturally comes from the corn when you cut it and with help from the potatoes will give this chowder it’s own creamy or starchy type base. It will be a little sweet because of the corn and then have a little spice from the jalapeno.
Spring Corn and Potato Chowder - Vegetarian - Supper With Michelle

Recipe:  Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients:

4 ears of Corn (shucked, cleaned, niblets cut off and placed in a bowl, and keep the cobs because we will use those for our broth)
3 cups of Red Potatoes (cut in half)
1 medium Yellow Onion (diced)
1 small Jalapeno or Poblano Pepper (seeded and diced small)
1/2 Red Bell Pepper (diced)
1 – 2 cloves of Garlic (minced)
6 – 7 cups of Water or Vegetable Broth
1 tablespoon of Sea Salt (more or less depending on the sweetness of your corn)
1/2 teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning (optional, but nice)
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil or Vegetable oil (butter, if not vegan)

To Garnish:
2 Green Onions (sliced)
1 Tablespoon of Parsley or Cilantro (chopped)

**Note** If you prefer a creamy base, use only 6 cups of broth/water and use some heavy unsweetened coconut milk or 1/3 cup heavy cream 5 minutes before the end of your cooking time. 1/2 cup of Monterey Jack Cheddar cheese is also nice for a non-vegan option.

Spring Corn and Potato Chowder - Vegetarian - Supper With Michelle

Instructions:

In a large pot, bring water/broth to a rapid bowl. Run a knife against cobs to get any excess pieces or juice off of the cobs over into pot and place the 4 cobs (with corn removed) in water and let boil on a medium heat covered for about 20 minutes. This is going to be the base of our stock. While that’s going, in a separate large pot, heat oil on a medium heat. Add in potatoes, onions, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeno and saute for 5 – 10 minutes. With tongs, carefully remove the cobs of corn from water and discard. Carefully pour that broth into your pot with your veggies and add in your corn niblets, sea salt, pepper. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 30 minutes or until your potatoes are soft.

Spring Corn and Potato Chowder - Vegetarian - Supper With Michelle

I like to garnish the chowder with some fresh herbs and green onions after I place it into a bowl. Serve and enjoy.

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3 Comments

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    4skiski
    April 8, 2015 at 12:03 am

    I made this for dinner tonight. My husband and I literally just finished eating it! The leftovers that were meant to be lunch tomorrow are already in our bellies. It was amazing! I added a cup of half and half towards the end and then topped it with a bit of shaved asiago and some leftover homemade pesto from dinner last night. Just the light but filling meal I needed after someone brought in donuts AND cupcakes at work today. Delicious!

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    4skiski
    April 8, 2015 at 12:03 am

    I made this for dinner tonight. My husband and I literally just finished eating it! The leftovers that were meant to be lunch tomorrow are already in our bellies. It was amazing! I added a cup of half and half towards the end and then topped it with a bit of shaved asiago and some leftover homemade pesto from dinner last night. Just the light but filling meal I needed after someone brought in donuts AND cupcakes at work today. Delicious!

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    Supper With Michelle
    April 8, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    So happy to read this Kristen! That is sooo funny. The donuts and cupcakes balanced the meal out! 🙂 And I like the option of adding cream to this soup. It's certainly great either way. Thanks again!

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