Cooking From Memory ~ A Recipe Journal


Sweet Corn Chowder

Posted in Soups, Stews & Gumbos by Paul Gauche on August 14, 2012

Photo Credit Todd Coleman for Saveur Magazine

While it’s not quite Fall and the official start of the hot soup season is still weeks, perhaps months away, this recipe for Sweet Corn Chowder is a great foretaste of the feast to come! Late summer sweet corn is showing up everywhere—from grocery stores to farmers’ produce stands; from big-box store parking lots to my own driveway. Last week two large boxes of sweet corn showed up—dozens at a time.  What a thrill to eat corn this good!

So, give this a shot. Make a lot and freeze some for later. You’ll know right when to pull this out… in the midst of that first snow fall!

Ingredients ~

  • 5 cloves garlic, divided
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups pumpernickel bread, cut into ¾” cubes
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • paprika, to taste
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 4 ribs celery, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 8 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup milk

Method ~

Heat oven to 325°. Put 1 clove garlic on a cutting board and sprinkle with salt. Using a knife, mince and scrape garlic against cutting board to form a paste. Transfer garlic paste to a large bowl and whisk in oil. Add pumpernickel cubes, season with salt, pepper, and paprika, and toss to coat; transfer to a baking sheet. Bake, tossing occasionally, until toasted, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan; toss to coat evenly and set aside to cool.

Heat butter in a 6-qt. pot over medium heat. Mince remaining garlic and add to pot along with celery and onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook, partially covered and stirring often, until vegetables are soft but not browned, 16–18 minutes. Add corn and curry powder and cook, stirring occasionally, until corn is soft and fragrant, 18–20 minutes. Vigorously stir in flour, then add chicken stock, half-and-half, and milk; bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors meld, about 10 minutes. To serve, divide soup between serving bowls and top with croutons.

Serves 6-8