After a weeklong hot spell the weather in the Northwest cooled down quite a bit today. So I threw together some Crockpot Corn Chowder – it hit the spot and it was just the thing to use up the gobs of frozen corn I have in the freezer. My husband raved about it, so I think I’ll be making it again real soon.
- Potatoes, peeled and cubed, about 5 Cups (5-6 potatoes)
- Corn, I used frozen, 5 Cups
- Chicken broth, 4 Cups
- 3 Carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 Celery stalks, diced
- ½ Onion diced and sautéed in olive oil
- 5-6 slices of cooked bacon
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon Thyme - Don’t leave this out, I think it really adds to the flavor.
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder - Or you could probably use fresh garlic, I was out. Maybe 1 -2 cloves, minced.
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream (I used whipping cream because it’s what I had)
- 1 Cup regular milk (I used 1% milk) - Or I think you could just substitute 2 Cups heavy cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese and diced bacon if you like
- Throw potatoes, corn, chicken broth, carrots, celery, onion, bacon, butter, thyme and garlic powder into crockpot (basically everything BUT the milk).
- Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8-10 hours. Since the bacon and onions are pre-cooked you really only need to get the potatoes soft, the smaller you dice those, the quicker that happens.
- About 30 minutes before you serve, add your milk or heavy cream or whipping cream. Whatever you have to make it creamy.
- You can used an immersion blender if you wanted to thicken it up by pureeing some of the potatoes (be careful if it’s hot). I tried this, but frankly, I like it chunky so I didn’t mind.
- Serve with shredded cheese and bacon bits for toppings.
My kids aren’t really soup eaters. They never have been, unless it’s Miso soup, then they love it (strange huh?). Usually what we do is use a slotted spoon and serve them the soup without the broth. We don’t even tell them it’s soup, it’s veggies and cheese or whatever it happens to be.
I served this with warm batch of my Grandma’s homemade rolls. I hope you enjoy!
What are your favorite things to add to chowder? Do you make chowder in the crockpot or stove top?