Monday, August 16, 2010

Roasted corn, potato & chipotle chowder

Another wonderful summer soup! This one was inspired by the veggies in the fridge that needed to be used up TODAY! You know the ones, usually a victim of a fantastic sale, in this case: corn, 5/$1. 4 ears and over 8 days later the corn was a bit past its prime. Not quite compost fodder, but also not hydrated enough to be eaten off the cob.

What do you do with corn that's dehydrated and needs to be used? Roast it in the oven! You could use the grill but I was lazy and wanted to stay in the AC. I've talked before about roasting peppers indoors, and the same steps apply to corn. A word of caution, as the corn roasts kernels will pop and explode. It's fairly loud, and as long as you keep your face a safe distance away, something that's not too hard to do around a hot broiler, you'll be fine. But be aware of some noises, its completely normal.

Chipotles were added for a few reasons, a bit of spice is always nice in a chowder, especially one consisting of corn and potatoes, which can be on the bland side. Chipoltes are dried, smoked jalapenos. The adobo sauce that they're packed in is tomato, onion and spices. The smoking of the chipolte adds an amazing flavor, reminiscent of bacon almost, and worked perfectly with the roasted corn and earthy potatoes. Finally, the chipolte and adobo sauce adds a delightful blush and burst of spiciness to the soup, elevating it to a delicious chowder that's full of veggies and flavor to boot.

Roasted corn, potato & chipolte chowder
makes 8 servings
2 ears corn, roasted
2 green chilies roasted & peeled
2 chipolte in adobo finely minced
dollop of the adobo sauce from the can (1T approx)
4 small yellow potatoes diced
1/2 onion diced
3 cloves garlic minced
1 t cumin
3 T butter
4 T flour
2 cups milk
4 cups chicken stock
4 oz grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
kosher salt & pepper

Roast the corn and green chilies in an oven under the broiler until the corn is slightly charred all over and the chilies are blackened and blistered. Allow to cool. Peel chilies and finely dice. Cut corn off the cob, discard cobs.

In a large soup pot heat the butter until melted. Add the onion and garlic, cooking until the raw smell cooks out, about 5 minutes.

Add the flour and whisk well to incorporate. It will be quite dry, this is ok.
SLOWLY whisk in the milk, about 1/2 cup at a time. The 1st addition of milk will make a very thick paste, each further addition will smooth it out, whisk constantly to avoid lumps.

Add the potatoes, corn, chilies and chipoltes along with the chicken stock and stir to incorporate. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.

Once potatoes are tender and cooked through add the cheese and stir well to melt cheese into soup. Once cheese is melted and thoroughly incorporated, soup's on.

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople recipe calculator
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239.1
Total Fat 10.8 g
Saturated Fat 6.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.1 g
Cholesterol 33.9 mg
Sodium 938.3 mg
Potassium 476.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 27.3 g
Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
Sugars 4.4 g
Protein 9.3 g


Jenn said...

Ok, I think you just turned me into a corn chowder lover. Funny, all it took were the chipotles!! I seem to be quite easy! The soup looks and sounds wonderful. It's 100 degrees and I want a bowl right now! :)

Bo said...

Sounds really good...I love the chipotles you added.

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

Wow, your soup looks delicious and ironically I just posted an entry that mentions both Chipotle peppers and roasted peppers! I will have to give your fabulous soup a try - thanks for the recipe:)

Kayla said...

I will just move in with you so that I can eat all this great food! DH hates anything that is remotely healthy so we dont keep veggies in the house. One of his favorites is potato soup. Have you done one of those with chipolte?

Scuttleboose said...

*pop* *pop*
My husband: What was that noise?
Me: Thieves. They stole your XBOX.

hehe.. time to snap out of dreamland! :)

StephenC said...

Nice work, again, Andrea. I wouldn't have thought to revive the corn. Great idea!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

This looks so good. It is a rainy and cool day here in Saskatchewan and I just might go to the fruit truck and pick up some sweet corn. I can't find chipotle in adobo sauce in my little city but I have some dried chipotles that I brought back from my trip in the U.S.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

love corn! great recipe...looks yum yum!

heather said...

this sounds TASTY! i love corn chowder! but it will have to wait for the winter though!

tasteofbeirut said...

The smokey flavors of that soup sound absolutely wonderful!

Raina said...

Looks and sounds delicious. Love the kick this must have with the chipotles.

Average Weight Loss Medifast said...

This would be a nice fall chowder with all this heat I will have to put your recipe away for now for a later date, thanks though.

Lazaro Cooks! said...

I just found your blog and I am glad I did. Great recipe for the corn chowder. Love chipotles.

Look forward to following you here.

Be well.

Jennifer said...

I love how you post nutritional info on the products. Love your blog and this recipe looks delicious!

ARUNA said...

very nice, the soup looks delicious!!!

Cranberry Morning said...

Although I don't usually eat corn, this recipe sure sounds delicious! And now that our weather is giving us occasional 'fallish' days, it would be perfect to try!

Thanks for visiting Cranberry Morning. Love those fries at the farmers' market, but when I stepped on the scale this morning... :-(

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M @ Betty Crapper said...

That soup looks fantastic. I love everything you put into it. Thanks for the "pop" warning. I can just imagine what would go through my mind if I was making this and heard popping sounds.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

This looks so good. I have some of that corn in my fridge, too. I should make a pot of this today.

Maria said...

YUM, YUM!!! This looks so good!!!

Design Wine and Dine said...

Ok, I am ashamed I never thought to do anything like this with those dried out cobs I neglected! Love this! Love this! Love this! Thanks!

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