Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sweet Summer Corn Chowder!

Friends.....it's hot out.  Like I sweat sitting in a chair, on the front porch, hot.

And I make soup for dinner. Yup, hottest day of summer and we are having soup for dinner.....not just any soup but sweet corn chowder.  Again, this time of year everything is so plentiful and the sweet corn is fantastic.  (Thanks again to Meck's Produce for providing such awesome veggies).

 Sweet Summer Corn Chowder

1 Dozen - Ears of Sweet Corn, husked and kernels removed from cob
3 Tbsp. Butter
4 Slices of Bacon, cut into 1/4" pieces
1/2 Vidalia Onion, chopped
1/4 C. Flour
1 Clove Garlic, minced
4 Cups Chicken Stock
1 Cup Water
6 Red Potatoes, cut into small chunks
1 C. Fat Free Half & Half
1 Tbsp. Honey
Salt/Pepper to taste
*Garnish with shredded cheese, bacon bits and chives.
DIRECTIONS:  Melt butter in large stockpot over medium heat.  Add bacon & onion.  Cook, stirring for 8-10 minutes-until bacon is crisp and onions are tender.  Add flour & garlic clove.  Cook 1 minute.  While whisking, pour in chicken broth.  Bring to a boil, whisking constantly.  Stir in corn and potatoes.  Reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer until potatoes are tender (20-30 minutes).  Transfer 2 C. of the soup to a blender (I used my hand held immersion blender) and blend until smooth.  Stir back into pot.  Then add half & half and honey. 

Recipe is adapted from here.

We are planning on enjoying this with BLT's.  Fresh tomatoes, lettuce and crisp bacon on toasted bread!

What are you doing with your fresh produce this summer?



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