Friday, November 11, 2011

Easy Corn and Potato Chowder

A few weeks ago I came upon this recipe for corn and potato chowder made in a crock pot. I made it and it was amazing. I'm always up for easy crock pot recipes. I love coming home to the smells of something simmering and delicious all ready to be ladled out into a big bowl. Yesterday I had completely forgotten that I planned on making this recipe for supper. So I got home after a flat tire fiasco, to find my crock pot empty.  I figured I could still make the chowder but instead, I would just make it on the stove. Easy peasy right? Right. I hate to brag on myself but what I made was much more flavorful than what spent all day the crock pot last week. For reals.

Also, I learned a new trick to cooking bacon. I've always made bacon on the stove and as is in my nature, I cook it up way too hot and end up burning myself on bacon grease. ha ha. shut up. Thanks to the wonderful place of Pinterest, I learned you can just bake bacon in the oven, it's the same thing! I laid my bacon out on a cookie sheet lined with foil, put it in the oven and turn the oven on to 400 degrees for about 22 minutes. You don't have to preheat the oven. Boom. Easy. I baked up my bacon and then set it aside for later. I don't know if anyone else does this, but I pepper my bacon, I always have. I love bacon. While adding the broth to this recipe, I added just a bit of the bacon grease. I couldn't help myself.

Let's get down to bidness. This recipe is enough for about 4 servings or so.

1 tablespoon butter
1 onion diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
3 large red potatoes cubed (any kind of potato would work probably this is just what I had on hand)
3 cups of frozen corn
3 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
6-8 slices of cooked crispy bacon crumbled
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter over medium high heat in a stew pot. Add minced garlic. Once garlic begins to sweat add onions and sautee until translucent. Add chicken broth, potatoes and corn and bring to a slow boil. Once potatoes are fork tender, approximately 15 minutes, add bacon (reserve 2 slices for topping) and cream. Remove pot from heat. With an immersion blender, blend about half of the mixture until you reach a desired texture. Salt and pepper to taste.

Then basically what you're gonna wanna do it spoon it up and top each bowl with the remaining bacon and eat the hell out of it. You can thank me later. I accept cash and Sephora gift cards. Thanks.

This picture really doesn't do this dish justice. I promise to take better pictures soon.

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