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Potato Corn Chowder with Chilies

January 29, 2015

Found this one deep in the draft archive. Flash back to 2012—

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Our house is chilly, but it’s not quite time to turn on the furnace, yet. It’s the ubiquitous “sweater weather”, and I love it. There is something about Autumn which revives the senses, it could be the colors, the crunching leaves under step, birds honking, but mainly for me it is the crisp cool air. Like jumping into a frigid pool, the water shocks the body and getting out feels so good followed by a renewed sense of self, body, and energy. I love wrapping up in one of my many sweaters (which always cause a flood of memories, since I keep my sweaters forever), turning on the oven to warm my hands, and whipping up a warm dish like this corn chowder. It’s like a sweater for the inside. And the perfect dish for my runners…

This summer, I got the itch to start running, but knew if I did not have a goal in mind I would not run. So I signed myself and Guy up for a 5k (which happened today October 6th) in addition I signed the kids up for the tot trot 50 yard dash. It was my idea, Guy thought it would be fun. Fast forward to last night, I started to feel like crud and crashed on the couch at 8pm (seriously unheard of, unless I am preggo or sick) knowing I am not preggo I knew it was the latter and listened to my body (for once). This morning it was 30 degrees which pretty much sealed the deal and I played hooky fro the race with Max (who was also up most of the night with me and Guy with a tummy/ ear / throat ache.) My love Guy took Amelia with his mom to the race and rocked it! (well he may not of rocked it, but he beat the running juggler! Most importantly he finished, and did not let Amelia down by backing out of the activity.) Amelia tore it up at the tot trot ,and came home ready to show off her medal and bag of free swag. Max was supposed to compete in the tot trot, so Amelia (Guy) picked up Doodle a race day t shirt and medal which he was very excited to have.

Even more excited was Guy, coming home the smell of bacon!

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(Cease Wayne’s World alternate reality hands. Skiddily do skiddily do)
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Back to present day…January 2015…

Here’s my recipe inspired by the Pioneer Woman

Potato Corn Chowder with Chilies

Ingredients

  • 2 slices Bacon, Cut Into 1/2-inch Pieces (or Smaller)
  • 1-1/2 whole Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 4 Cups – frozen sweet corn
  • 6 med. Yukon gold potatoes cubed (Large cubes)
  • 2 whole Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce, Finely Diced
  • 1 can (4 Oz. Size) Diced Green Chilies
  • 32 ounces Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1-1/2 cup Heavy Cream/ half &half or whole milk.
  • 3 Tablespoons Corn Meal OR Fine grit polenta

Instructions

  1. Cook the bacon for a couple minutes in a dutch oven or pot over medium heat. (Render the fat and get the wiggle out of the bacon so it isn’t rubbery in the chowder.)
  2. Add the diced onion, stir to coat in bacon fat and cook until soft. (At this point you could put this into your slow-cooker and continue with the steps.)
  3. Throw in the corn and both kinds of chilies. Stir it up!
  4. Pour in the chicken broth and the cubed potatoes .
  5. Cook on the stove top or slow cooker until the potatoes are tender. About 30 min on the stove or about 4 -6 hours on low (My slow-cooker runs hot so this time may vary. You know your slow-cooker. If you don’t you should get to know it. My slow-cooker and I are romantically involved. )
  6. Ladle out some of the hot broth (about 1/2 cup) If you forget this step, no big.
  7. Add the cream, stir.
  8. Add the corn meal or polenta to the hot reserved broth from step 6. Stir to combine and make a make-shift slurry. Add this back to the chowder and stir. Continue to cook for another 10-15 min. (At this point I crank the slow-cooker up to high.)
  9. If the chowder needs more thickening, you can pull out some more of the liquid add more cornmeal and repeat. It does thicken up a little once cooled.

I like to serve this with a side salad and homemade rolls for dipping.

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This freezes well and makes a vat to feed a crowd!
Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday!!!!

Enjoy. Let me know if you like it.

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