Summer Corn Chowder

06.15.2015

It’s starting to feel like summer is definitely in full swing! I’m finding myself passing out otter pops to my kids and their friends on a daily basis – and maybe having a few myself (one of my favorite childhood treats, how could I resist?). I’m enjoying relaxing in the warm suns rays. The store is finally full of good fresh produce and I’ve already been getting flavorful, sweet corn on the cob – none of that worthless dried up stuff that looks like it has nothing left to give and it’s highly lacking in flavor. So what does that mean? Time for all the fresh corn recipes like this incredibly delicious Corn Chowder!

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This soup is amazing but key to it is really good corn on the cob because it’s the prominent flavor here and most important part of this soup. I don’t think I’d ever use frozen corn unless it’s winter and you’re really craving it and you use frozen fresh corn which was from your garden or the farmers market.

I adapted this recipe with slight changes from Cook’s Illustrated. In their recipe they call for shaving off the remaining corn bits with a vegetable peeler after cutting the kernels from the cobs. Then from there you have to wrap it in a cloth and squeeze out the juice. First of all I found it a huge pain and a big mess and if I would have finished I wouldn’t have only ended up with half the amount of juice called for. Secondly, I found an alternate method that was much easier, just cut the kernels from two extra cobs of corn, add to a food processor and pulse until pureed then force through a fine strainer and you should get about 1/2 cup juice. But last of all, after finishing the soup I found it had plenty of corn flavor and everything seemed perfectly balanced so I didn’t even end up adding in that corn juice I’d extracted, so I figured it’s not worth the extra effort. Who knows maybe that’s just personal opinion, but I thought the honey I added to the recipe (in place of the sugar they had listed) gave it the perfect touch of sweetness so the sweetness from the added juice wasn’t even needed.

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I love how the bacon in this soup perfectly compliments the light natural sweetness of the corn, while the potatoes give it some body and creaminess. Then the final garnish of chives gives this soup the perfect little bite they need, so don’t omit them. This is the perfect summer soup and once you try a bowlful you’ll want to head back for another serving and then you’ll want to continue to make it all summer long!

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Summer Corn Chowder

4.89 from 9 votes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ears fresh sweet yellow corn , husked and silks removed and kernels cut from cob
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 5 slices bacon , cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • Shredded cheddar cheese , for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until onion has softened and just starting to brown around edges, about 8 - 10 minutes. Add in the flour and garlic and cook 1 1/2 minutes. While whisking, slowly pour in 5 cups water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then stir in corn kernels and potatoes. Add in thyme and bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a light boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Remove bay leave then transfer 2 1/2 cups of the chowder to a blender and blend until smooth. Stir the mixture back into the pot then stir in half and half and honey. Sprinkle each serving with chives and optional cheddar.

164 comments

  • Sasi: Beautiful clicks.. Just couldn’t take my eyes off your pictures.. Will have to try this recipe sometime minus the bacon… June 19, 2015 at 11:13am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment! June 19, 2015 at 3:13pm Reply

  • Jennifer: Do you think it would be ok without the bacon? I can’t eat most meats, unfortunately bacon is one of them. June 18, 2015 at 2:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I like the light salty smoky flavor it adds but you could omit it or use ham if you like that. June 18, 2015 at 8:05pm Reply

    • Kelly: I find smoked paprika works really well as a bacon substitute, for that smoky delucious flavour . I hope that helps! June 22, 2016 at 10:28pm Reply

    • Pam: I just made this without the bacon (I love it but a family member has gout and is avoiding meat for a bit) and it was really tasty. the only change I made otherwise was to use a teaspoon of chicken bullion granules in the water. Thanks! we will definitely make this again-maybe with the bacon next time! August 29, 2016 at 5:40pm Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: Corn soup definitely says summer. Love that you made this recipe a little easier. I’m all about making things as easy as they can be. June 16, 2015 at 1:22pm Reply

    • Penny Dove: In my area, fresh corn does not come along until around the end of August through the fall months. Unless you don’t mind using frozen or canned which I would do but the fresh corn can’t be beat. I just purchased some fresh local corn and I can’t wait to try this recipe September 2, 2016 at 7:48am Reply

  • Cat: I love corn! This is the first time I see a recipe like this! I can’t wait to try it!
    Cat June 16, 2015 at 6:00am Reply

  • Medeja: It would also be perfect for winter! so nice and warming! June 16, 2015 at 3:22am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I could have this all year long! June 15, 2015 at 11:23pm Reply

    • Laura ~ Raise Your Garden: Every ingredient in this soup is better than the next, cheddar? Bacon? Garlic? Corn? You cannot go wrong! This is a winner. A party in your mouth. June 17, 2015 at 5:46am Reply

  • Deborah: Thanks! This arrived in my email just in time for dinner tonight. Wasn’t feeling like having what was on my menu list. I expect it to be delicious! June 15, 2015 at 3:51pm Reply

  • Char R.: OMG! This sounds and looks amazing!
    I love corn any way I can get it. I’ll
    probably wait another month or so when our ILLINOIS corn is ready. (IF I can wait that long!) June 15, 2015 at 3:15pm Reply

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