Corn and crab chowder in the dead of winter

January 30, 2016
5 Ratings
Photo by Tashipluto
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

All summer long I buy extra corn and cut the kernels and freeze them, so when a friend asked me to make a corn and crab chowder at the end of January I knew I could do it. —Tashipluto

What You'll Need
  • 1 Leek trimmed, diced and well rinsed
  • 1 Small onion, diced, about half a cup
  • 3 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 Small celery ribs, diced (about half a cup)
  • 1/2 Red bell pepper, diced ( about half a cup)
  • 3 New Mexican green chiles, roasted and diced. ( or sub roasted poblano chile)
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, dicedh
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon Allspice, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked paprika
  • 1 cup Broth ( chicken, veg, fish -- whatever you have))
  • 3 Slices turkey or pork bacon, cut into half inch pieces
  • 1.5 tablespoons Butter (if using turkey bacon)
  • 1.5 tablespoons Olive oil (if using turkey bacon)
  • 5 Ears of corn, or frozen corn equivalent
  • 8 ounces Lump crabmeat
  • 1.5 cups Cream, milk, or combination of the two
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. If using turkey bacon, heat butter and olive oil in a large stockpot. (If using pork bacon, omit this step). Add bacon and cook until crispy. Remove and drain, leaving oil behind.
  2. Add onions, leeks, and garlic to the oil, fry until soft, about 5 min.
  3. Add celery, green chiles, and bell pepper to onions. Cook another 5 minutes.
  4. Add potatoes, half the corn, thyme, allspice, smoked paprika and salt. Cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Add one cup of broth, bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potatoes break apart with a fork.
  6. Turn off the heat and use an immersion blender to create a rough purée, with some vegetable chunks remaining. (Skip this step if you like a chunky chowder)
  7. Turn the flame back on (low) and add crabmeat and the remaining corn. Simmer until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  8. Add cream/milk/ combo and heat until just before boiling. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle broken pieces of bacon on top.

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