A couple of weeks ago while having lunch with GiGi26 I ordered a bowl of corn and crawfish chowder and loved it. I hadn't had corn chowder in a long time and decided that it was time to make some. I took the spicy andouille route.... —inpatskitchen
Test Kitchen Notes
This Cajun Corn Chowder is a tasty soup, I'd definitely make it again. It’s rich and creamy, with a nice heat from the andouille and cayenne that’s offset by the sweetness of the corn. The cook time probably needs shortened, as the directions yielded somewhat mushy potatoes, even when using a waxy red. I think you could also amp up the corn flavor by making a corn broth (with the cobs) instead of the chicken broth. —Timothy Donley
1 1/2 to 2 quarts
vegetable oil, divided (1/1)
andouille sausage, diced small
medium onion, diced
poblano pepper, seeded and diced
cayenne pepper ( or less if you prefer )
2 to 3 cups
fresh or frozen corn kernels
medium red-skinned potatoes, peeled and diced
rich chicken broth
half and half or light cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Thinly sliced green onion for garnish
In This Recipe
Heat one teaspoon of the oil in a 4-quart soup or sauce pot. Add the diced andouille and sauté until lightly browned. Remove from the pot.
In the same pot, add the second teaspoon of oil along with the onion, poblano and cayenne. Saute over medium heat until the vegetables soften.
Add the corn, potatoes, and chicken broth. Bring up to a boil and then down to a simmer for about 15 minutes.
Whisk in the cornmeal, one tablespoon at at time and return the andouille to the pot. Simmer for a few more minutes. The chowder will thicken. Stir in the half and half or cream and season to taste with salt and pepper.
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!