The final weeks of sweeeet corn are here. Now that its chowder time what better way to enjoy fresh corn. This recipe is easy and can be altered in all sorts of ways based on your taste ~ a dash of Old Bay, some shallots, you name it. Enjoy!
What you need:
2 ounces thick-cut bacon (about 3 slices), small dice
1 medium yellow onion, small dice
3 cups fresh corn kernels (about 4 ears)
3 cups whole milk
1 pound new potatoes, peeled and diced
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
1/2 cup heavy cream
Finely chopped chives, for serving
Place the bacon in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a small paper-towel-lined plate and set aside.
Add the onion to the bacon fat, season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place 1 cup of the corn and 1 cup of the milk in a blender and blend until smooth; set aside.
Increase the heat to medium high, add the corn-milk purée, remaining 2 cups of corn and 2 cups of milk, potatoes, and measured salt and pepper. Stir to combine, then bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are just cooked through and the soup has thickened slightly, about 10 minutes.
Add the cream, stir to combine, and return to a simmer. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve garnished with the chives and reserved bacon.