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summer corn chowder recipeWell, we made it to NJ in one piece. As far as driving cross country goes, with 3 kids and a dog, it was a pretty easy trip. I am thankful to be settled for awhile, and spending more than a week at a time with my family. The thing about only getting to visit for one week a year is that you feel like you have to cram a year full of fun into a week. It hasn’t really sunk in yet that we are here for awhile, and that we can take it easy and really enjoy being here. It feels weird, but in a really good way.

Growing up in such a seasonal place meant that we had two groups of friends – school friends and summer friends. Summer friends are the kind of friends that you meet on the beach and spend long days with, playing in the waves, eating popsicles from the ice cream man, and making sand castles. But by the end of the summer, they went back to their houses wherever they lived and we did not see each other again until the next summer. Unlike me, who got to stay past Labor Day. This year, my children might be someone’s summer friend. This summer has promise. Lazy days on the beach, spending time with people we love, and getting to eat lots and lots of Italian ices.

I also associate chowder with summer. It seems counter-intuitive to stop and get a bowl of chowder on a screaming hot day on your way to the beach, but it is something that we do all the time. We stop at The Clam Bar, eat a bowl of soup in sweltering, humid heat, and then head to Longport Beach. There, the only options are red or white clam chowder, but I love a chowder that showcases the star of the summer – corn. If you are going to make corn chowder, do yourself a favor and use the freshest, sweetest, summer corn that you can find. The end result is night and day better. I served this soup with a salad and warm, crusty bread. This simple soup is comforting and a perfect way to welcome summer.

summer corn chowder recipe6 slices thick cut bacon
1 medium onion, diced
3 scallions, sliced
2 celery ribs, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
5 cups fresh corn kernels
1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups chicken broth
1 large potato, peeled and grated
salt and pepper

summer corn chowder recipeIn a Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium to medium high heat. When the bacon is brown and crispy, take the bacon out and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Pour out most of the fat, leaving about 3 Tablespoons in the pan.

summer corn chowder recipeAdd the onion, scallions (reserving some for garnish), celery, pepper, and thyme.

summer corn chowder recipeCook the vegetables until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

summer corn chowder recipeAdd the corn, and cook for 2 minutes.

summer corn chowder recipeAdd the chipotle powder, salt, and pepper.

summer corn chowder recipeAdd the half-and-half and chicken broth. Bring to a boil.

summer corn chowder recipeAdd the potato, and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, covered, until the potato is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

summer corn chowder recipeCheck for seasoning, and add salt and pepper as needed. Top with reserved bacon and scallions. Serve with crusty bread. This recipe comes from Fine Cooking.

Summer COrn Chowder

Ingredients

  • 6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 5 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large potato, peeled and grated
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium to medium high heat. When the bacon is brown and crispy, take the bacon out and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Pour out most of the fat, leaving about 3 Tablespoons in the pan.
  2. Add the onion, scallions (reserving some for garnish), celery, pepper, and thyme.
  3. Cook the vegetables until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the corn, and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the chipotle powder, salt, and pepper.
  6. Add the half-and-half and chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
  7. Add the potato, and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, covered, until the potato is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  8. Check for seasoning, and add salt and pepper as needed. Top with reserved bacon and scallions. Serve with crusty bread.
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45 Responses to Summer Corn Chowder

  1. Corn chowder is one of my summer favorites! Glad you made it to NJ safely!
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  2. Tom says:

    I spent long lazy summers at my Aunt’s house on Long Beach. Fishing for blue crab and then crab in spaghetti sauce for dinner. Always fresh fish and fun at the beach and my best summer bud that lived next door. Man has that been 35 years already? Lol Yummy recipe. Loving the corn but still a bit early for us in Nebraska.
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  3. What a fabulous soup! This sounds awesome!
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  5. Laura says:

    That looks really good! I’m not big on soup in the summer time, but this soup might make me change my mind!
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    • bakedbree says:

      I can promise you, your mind will be be changed. Especially on those summer nights when it gets chilly. Shorts and sweat shirt weather.

  6. Yesenia says:

    Looks delicious! will be making this recipe soon :)

  7. Yesenia says:

    Looks delicious!
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  8. Yum! For some reason, clam chowder has never really appealed to me, I had an aversion to fish as a kid. But this looks delicious, and learning the ingredients in a chowder makes it seem not so bad after all!
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  9. Liz Ricci says:

    Love this post! Spent 14 summers ladling out red and white at The Clam Bar! Would probably still be there while teaching during the winter months if my hubs job hadn’t taken us across the country and back a few times :) Enjoy the shore this summer!

    • bakedbree says:

      Yes you did! Can you even eat clam chowder anymore? And I can relate to being moved every few years! This was our 5th move in 9 years.

  10. Glad you made it to NJ! So exciting. This does look fabulous! :)
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  11. This soup is lovely. I love your addition of chipotle powder. Corn chowder is one of my favorites and I haven’t made it in a while. Glad to hear you made it to NJ! :)
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  12. LizP says:

    2 questions — are the corn kernels cooked, or can you take them right off the raw corn? Also, if you don’t have the chipotle powder on hand, can you think of a substitute that might work?

    And, welcome back to Jersey, by the way!!

    • bakedbree says:

      Uncooked. Just cut it off of the cob, and add it to the soup. And I would use a little chili powder, and a pinch of cayenne.

  13. Angelica says:

    I am happy that you made it perfect…I will try to make this kind also..Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe..Its a big help to me.
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  14. Chineka says:

    This looks great and tasty for Summer.
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  15. angie says:

    can not WAIT to make this! mmm.

  16. Laura says:

    I would like to try this kind of soup thank you for sharing the recipe..Love it..
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  17. kendra kay says:

    new follower here and i am so glad i found you. i definitely am trying out a few of your recipes, those sugar cookie bars make me wanna reach through the computer screen and take a bite! we are huge corn chowder lovers in my house so this looks great to try out and do a little something diff than my old stand by. can’t wait to come back!

  18. This chowder looks so delicious, love the bacon on top.

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  19. elizs says:

    Eager to try this — I’m assuming I can skip the bacon, though? (I don’t eat red meat)

  20. Peggy says:

    Corn Chowder has got to be one of my favorite soups of all time! This sounds so yummy!
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  21. Nicole, RD says:

    I can’t wait for summer corn! This will be made :)
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  22. Savannah Elyce says:

    I can’t wait to try this, it looks deliciou
    Can it be made without a dutch oven

  23. cindy says:

    This looks great! Local corn will be here in the next week so I’ll make it soon.

  24. kym says:

    I saw this post in the summer and have been wanting to try it -finally. Have you ever frozen it, too? How did it turn out? Thanks!!

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