Sweet corn, a creamy base, Creole spices and salty bacon make this hearty soup a the perfect way to fight off the autumn chills.
It’s fall and fall is soup season! When it’s feeling frigid, soup is the perfect meal. I’ve literally had a bowl each day for lunch this week.
My favorite addition to this soup is a bit of creole seasoning. I am obsessed with that stuff and it really brings out the flavors of the rest of the soup! The cream goes great with the hit of spice, and the sweet corn makes it even better.
Bacon and Corn ChowderAshley Blom
- 2 large ears of corn corn removed from cob
- 2 large red potatoes cubed
- 1 onion diced
- 1/2 package bacon cut into small pieces
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tbs corn starch + 2 tbs water
- 1 tbsp creole seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the bacon in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until desired consistency is reached. (If you like it crispy, remove from pan and set aside so it doesn't burn. I like it chewy, so I cooked it until just done and left it in the pan).
- Add onions and garlic, and cook in the bacon fat until translucent. Add the potato, creole seasoning, and chicken broth.
- Gently simmer until potato is fork-tender but not falling apart. Stirring gently, add the heavy cream. Simmer until cream has thickened, then add corn starch to thicken further.
- Serve hot, with bread for dunking. Also a great addition: chopped roasted red pepper
Ashley Blom is a New Enlander and haphazard foodie/part-time blogger living in Austin, Texas. Her first book, "How to Eat a Lobster and Other Edible Enigmas Explained" is now available wherever books are sold.