Cheddar Corn Chowder

Cheddar Corn Chowder

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  • 8

    oz. bacon, chopped

  • ¼

    c. good olive oil

  • 6

    c. chopped yellow onions (4 large onions)

  • 4

    tbsp. (½ stick) unsalted butter

  • ½

    c. flour

  • 2

    tsp. kosher salt

  • 1

    tsp. freshly ground black pepper

  • ½

    tsp. ground turmeric

  • 12

    c. chicken stock

  • 6

    c. medium-diced white boiling potatoes, unpeeled (2 lbs.)

  • 10

    c. corn kernels, fresh (10 ears) or frozen (3 lbs.)

  • 2

    c. half & half

  • 8

    oz. sharp white cheddar cheese, grated


In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, cook the bacon and olive oil until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions and butter to the fat, and cook or 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and potatoes, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. If using fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cob and blanch them for 3 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain. If using frozen corn you can skip this step. Add the corn to the soup, then add the half & half and cheddar. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Serve hot with a garnish of bacon.


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