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New England Corn Chowder

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New England Corn Chowder
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This is an easy version of the traditional cold weather classic. The small amount of bacon gives this corn and potato chowder its signature flavor.

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bacon, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

  1. In a heavy bottom soup or saucepot, sauté the bacon in the butter on medium heat until the bacon is cooked, but not crisp. Add the flour and onion, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the potato, corn, milk, salt, black pepper, and stir well.

  2. Bring up to a gentle simmer, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes and onions are tender. Ladle half the chowder into a blender and blend into a fine puree. Add back into the pot with the other half the un-blended mixture. Adjust the seasoning and serve immediately.
Note: you can easily adjust this chowder to your personal taste by altering the amount of soup you blend, depending on how smooth or chunky you prefer.

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