I met Deborah, the Gourmet Farm Girl, at my Columbus Cookbook signing…and was struck by her passion and enthusiasm for sharing fabulous recipes from the farm! I hope you enjoy her chowder!!!
Potato Corn Chowder
Yield – 8 servings
Preparation Time – 15 minutes
Cooking Time – 60 minutes
- 8-9 medium sized peeled Russet potatoes, Yukon Gold or White potatoes
- 1 Qt. of water
- 4 Chicken Bouillon cubes (or vegetable bouillon)
- 3 cans chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
- 2-3 stalks of chopped celery and a few light green celery leaves (chopped)
- 1 small chopped onion
- ½ tsp salt (or more to taste)
- Pinch of white pepper
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 15 oz. can creamed corn and 1 15 oz. can kernel corn
- OR 2 15 oz. cans kernel corn
- 4 Tbsp Butter
- 1 pint half and half
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 4 Tbsp of cornstarch dissolved in cold water (mix it well before pouring into soup)
- Simmer all the above till the potatoes are tender, start smashing a few of the potatoes against the side of the pan as they simmer, as this will help to thicken the broth. Simmer for about 30-40 minutes.
- When all is tender & soft, remove the bay leaves and add the corn. (The best corn to add would be fresh sweet corn picked from the patch or from your local farmers market.) Blanch the corn in boiling water for about 2-3 minute’s, cool in cold water bath and cut off the cob before adding. Simmer 10—12 minutes longer.
- Then add half and half, pepper, cornstarch. Reduce heat and simmer till thick 5-8 minutes longer.
- Serve immediately topped off with shredded cheddar cheese, fried bacon bits & chopped green onions and some cracked pepper.
- Add left over mashed potatoes to thicken soup in step three
- Add chunks of cooked smoked ham in step two
- Add 2-3 chopped leeks in step one
Serve with fresh baked bread and a garden salad.
Deborah’s Bio: I have been cooking and gardening my whole life. I was raised on a dairy and grain farm in northern Ohio where I learned to take simple basic fresh foods and add my own flair to create recipes that are wholesome and simply delicious. I can be found blogging at Gourmet Farm Girl.