Friday, May 27, 2011

Foodie Fridday - Fresh Corn and Ham Chowder

I love summer time...fresh peaches, watermelon, blackberries, and fresh corn!  Boil it, steam it, grill it, I don't care.  I love it!

I found this recipe in my latest of Food Network magazine under Weeknight and easy meals.
It's absolutely the best corn chowder I've made but be forewarned...the recipe said 4 servings...this will serve at least 6.

Fresh Corn and Ham Chowder
active time: 30 minutes/ total time 40 minutes

6 ears corn, shucked
5 T. unsalted butter
4 sprigs thyme
1 large onion, diced
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 large clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt
8 oz. ham, diced
2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
6 scallions, chopped
5 c. water
2/3 c. heavy cream (I know, but it's soooooo good!)
black pepper, as desired

1.  Slice the corn kernels off the cob and reserve the cobs.  Heat 4 T. butter in a large pot over high heat.  Add the thyme, onion, celery, garlic 1 t. salt and all but 1/2 c. EACH corn kernels and ham; cook 1 minute.  Add the potatoes, corn cobs and 5 c. water.  Cover and cook until the potatoes are very tender, 20-25 minutes.

2.  Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 T. butter in a skillet over med. high heat.  Add the reserved corn kernels and ham and cook until the am is browned, about 6 minutes.  Add the scallions and cook until softened, about 1 minute.

3.  Remove the corn cobs from the soup and discard.  Stir in the heavy cream and cook until heated through, but not boiling, about 1 minute.  Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the corn-ham mixture.

YUM!  Hubby was late coming home from work so my corn-ham garnish didn't look as fresh as it should have.  I will also save some of the scallions for the garnish as well the next time...and there will be a next time for sure!!
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~amy~ said...

YUM...this sounds DE-lish and a great alternative to my once fav, Clam Chowder...last year I got horribly sick after having Clam Chowder and I just can't have it anymore...sorry, maybe that was TMI? LOL. Happy Friday.

Francie G. said...

This sounds yummy! TFS!

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