Thursday, July 18, 2013

Recipe: Corn, bacon and potato chowder (Curtis Stone)

It was an impromptu decision to make this soup. I was at the wet market yesterday morning and saw some really nice sweetcorn. I remember seeing a recipe by Curtis Stone on Coles website for corn, bacon and potato chowder and another blogger friend, Lian also made it and it looked good.

Corn, bacon and potato chowder

Chowder is a term for thickened soup, in this case, the soup is thickened by the roux (flour and butter) and further thickened by the starch from the potatoes. After checking the recipe when I got home, I found that I had all the ingredients except for the celery so I just omitted that and in its place, I doubled the amount of potato and onions that I used. If you cannot get fresh corn cobs, then frozen corn would also work well.

This is an easy soup to make, and tastes healthy too (if you ignore the streaky bacon :P) Even without any cream, this soup tastes pretty rich and creamy. I did not have to season it much with salt since it gets its saltiness from the bacon, and also some heat from the cayenne pepper. The sweetcorn was really nice, sweet plus it adds a nice crunch to the soup. This is a soup that the whole family can enjoy. 

Baby C can't wait to dig in

Looks like she is pleased with mummy's replication of Mr. Stone's chowder recipe

Corn, bacon and potato chowder
Recipe adapted from Curtis Stone
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves 2

3 rashers streaky bacon, cut into 1cm pieces
1/2 tsp unsalted butter
1 medium brown onion, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 sprigs thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
A pinch of ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp plain flour
1/2 cup Water
1 large potato, peeled, cut into 1cm cubes
1 1/2 cups milk
300g sweetcorn kernels (from 1 corn cob)
1/2 tbsp parsley, roughly chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper

1. In a large non-stick heavy-based saucepan, cook the bacon over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add the butter and cook for 1-2 minutes until melted and just golden.

2. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 2-3 minutes until the onion has softened.

3. Add the thyme and cayenne pepper and give it a stir.

4. Add the flour and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Then, stir in the water and potato. Cook for 8 minutes, or until the potato is tender.

5. Add the milk and corn to the pan and increase the heat to medium high. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Once the soup has reached a rapid simmer, cook for 3 minutes or until the soup has thickened. Discard the thyme sprigs and season the soup to taste with salt and pepper.

6. Ladle the soup into four bowls, garnish with parsley and serve.

Note: I omitted the celery sticks, and replaced with double the amount of onion and potatoes from original recipe.

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  1. ooo, i love this recipe. so much corn for some natural sweetness, and the bacon looks luscious and savory, and i can imagine the potatoes being soft and creamy. what a combination of ingredients! :D

    1. I like the ease of preparing this, plus all the ingredients are easily available and not expensive. Good soup, thumbs up from us.

  2. Oooo...anything with bacon, I'd love!

  3. looks so tasty and healthy to me! I'm a fan of corn... and in down with bacon as well! :D

  4. wow, this chowder looks so delicious with bacon, sweet corn and potatoes :)

  5. I'm sitting here freezing in the office and this bowl of comfort soup is just what I need!

  6. How my mouth is watering just looking at that yummy bowl of chowder. Looks very warm and perfect for a rainy or winter season.

  7. I think dip it with garlic bread must be yummy!

  8. I agreed with Sonia. Dig in with garlic bread and definitely your stomach will be happy...... :)

  9. Lovely and hearty soup. Simply delicious!

  10. Such a delicious bowl of chowder! No wonder your kids are enjoying it!

  11. Yen, one small ramekin of this chowder isn't enough for me, I need at least 2 bowls. In the past, I normally cooked this with prawns, never tried bacon before. Looks so delicious there!

  12. I bet I would love this , too :D It looks really good , Yen ! Bacon , oh yeah lol

  13. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comJuly 18, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Yummy soup and pretty girl!

  14. The chowder looks yummy, especially with the bacon in it.

  15. I've been craving, going to get all my groceries

  16. I love the way you made it sound so easy to do it. That is what entices me so this is going into my to-cook list! ;) It looks so shiok!

  17. YUM! This looks like a fabulous comfort food! Agrred with Grace this looks so syiok for a cold winter months! Can't wait to give this a go!

  18. Hi Yen,

    For winter, I was thinking of cooking Curtis's pumpkin soup and corn chowder too but my husband and child wants something more hearty and richer than just soup.

    This lovely soup will be perfect for our less cooler Spring season :D


  19. I found this in Pinterest because I was looking for something to use up leftover roasted corn and bacon. I subbed chicken broth for the water, and added a little more chicken broth mixed with cornstarch at the end to make it a bit thicker. This soup was amazing, and I love that it doesn't make a ton of soup. Thank you for sharing!! Will def make again.


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