Bacon Corn Chowder

August 15, 2014 by Ali

Bacon Corn Chowder | gimmesomeoven.com #soup #recipe

I am seriously in denial that it is the middle of August, that temperatures are back down to being in the 80s, that my Facebook feed is full of adorable kiddos proudly heading back to school, that Halloween candy has arrived in grocery stores, and that summer — my beloved summer — is nearly over.

I feel like summer just began!

I mean, wasn’t it just yesterday that I was pulling out my tank tops and sandals, and kicking on the a/c for the first time, and getting excited (yes, I get excited) for temperatures to climb into the three-digits, and tasting the sweet summer harvest of peaches, and — I just don’t want it to end. I mean, I love my scarves and riding boots, but I love summer more.

Le sigh.

I need to figure out what to do about this lack of warm weather coming my way soon. But in the meantime, the one consolation I have about the impending Season That Is Not Summer is that I happen to really, really love fall food. Namely, soups. I happily enjoy soups year-round, but they seem to be especially comforting in the fall. And one of my favorite transition soups into fall is a good corn chowder, made with fresh summer corn. (Or if that’s not available, canned corn will also make do.) This week, I happened to have a few fresh ears of Kansas corn in my kitchen. So I paired them with some smoky bacon to try and edge my way into just thinking about this season ahead.

Of course, doing so in a tank top and a glass of iced tea with the windows open and Death Cab’s “Summer Skin” on in the background. Because, you know, baby steps.

Bacon Corn Chowder | gimmesomeoven.com #soup #recipe

I love a good corn chowder, and this is a good one. It was the perfect mix of sweet (the corn), smoky (the bacon), cheesy (the cheddar), thick (the potatoes) and creamy (the milk, which is a lighter option than cream). And it was seasoned like a good “chowdah” should be with Old Bay and thyme and a generous pinch of cayenne.

So flavorful! And of course, so comforting as well.

Bacon Corn Chowder | gimmesomeoven.com #soup #recipe

It’s a great recipe to celebrate the best of summer in the heart of summer. And a great recipe to celebrate and count down the days til summer…in the heart of winter. ;)

Whenever you make it, though, I’m pretty sure you will love it. Enjoy, friends.

Bacon Corn Chowder | gimmesomeoven.com #soup #recipe

Bacon Corn Chowder

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: About 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 ears of fresh corn, shucked (*or you can substitute 2 15-ounce cans of whole kernel corn, OR a combination of 1 can each of whole-kernel and creamed corn)
  • 8 slices (about 1/2 pound) bacon, diced
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1.5 pounds potatoes, diced into 1/4-inch cubes (I used Yukon gold)
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning (add more/less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt (add more/less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • optional garnish: extra shredded cheddar cheese, thinly-sliced green onions, reserved bacon bits, sour cream

Method

Heat a large stock pot over high heat. Add the corn kernels and let them dry-roast for about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until their edges begin to brown and caramelize. Transfer the corn to a plate to set aside.

In the same stock pot, fry the bacon pieces over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon grease in the pan, and discard the rest.

Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, or until tender. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute, or until fragrant. Stir in the flour until combined, then cook for an additional 1 minute, stirring occasionally.

Add in the chicken stock, milk, potatoes, green chiles, Old Bay, and thyme, and stir to combine. Continue heating until the mixture reaches a simmer but not a boil. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Add in the corn, cheese and most of the bacon bits, reserving a few to save as a garnish if desired. Stir to combine.

Taste test the broth, then season with salt, pepper and cayenne to taste. (I recommended the amounts that I used, but your seasoning preferences may vary.)

Serve warm, with additional garnishes if desired.

Bacon Corn Chowder | gimmesomeoven.com #soup #recipe

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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19 thoughts on “Bacon Corn Chowder

  1. This looks fabulous.. I am definitely gonna try it!

    Do you have by any chance the recipe for Poblano Corn Chowder?

    - Maggie

  2. Um… HOLY COW yes please! I don’t care if its still 100 degrees outside this needs to get in my belly pronto! Loving your pale yellow dutch oven by the way so stinking cute!

    - Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

  3. This looks awesome!!

    - Amanda

  4. I think you left the potatoes out of the instructions. Just to be clear, we put those in with the stock and milk, right?

    - Melanie

  5. I don’t have any old Bay – would Emeril’s Essence work??? This is great…I picked up 5 dz GMO free corn today and yesterday at my favorite discount store I got 4 pkgs of bacon – No Nitrites No nitrates @ $2.59 pkg! Whoopie!

    - Darryl C

  6. Wow amazing photography as always! Soups are super tough to photograph and you showed the ingredients splendidly. I’m so goon make this

    - Matt @ Plating Pixels

  7. Just made a big pot of soup outta leftovers last night…..and froze it. Might have to do the same with this!

    - Sarah (@ People, Places & Plates)

  8. Yum! This looks delicious! I know you’re lamenting the end of summer but this looks like the perfect fall soup =)

    -Julie

    - Julie

  9. This looks DELISH! I was just watching a Bobby Flay Throw Down with Corn Chowder last night and it made me want some, I’m pretty sure your if you would have made this, your version would totally have won :)

    - Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

  10. This HAS been the fastest summer ever, hasn’t it? I’m just not sure where all of the days went. It’s back to work (teaching) for me in less than a week… sigh… but you’re right, I’ll focus on the positives like all of the yummy soups that are to come! This corn chowder looks amazing, and I love that you’ve used milk rather than cream to lighten it up a bit.

    - Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

  11. Ali, the bright colors is this chowder are just irresistible! I’m more of a fall person and am looking forward to the return of more hearty soup recipes in our life. This looks perfect for the cooler temperatures that are coming soon…

    - Heather @ Shards of Lavender

  12. GORGEOUS photos, as always!! Oh I just love love love your blog! (and loved your blog post about blogging today too :)

    - Becky (The Cookie Rookie)

  13. This is totally my kind of soup! So awesome!!

    - Lori

  14. I’m so excited for soup and chowder season!

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  15. I absolutely love corn chowder! Your recipe looks amazing!

    - Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

  16. I’m jealous you’re at least getting weather in the 80s! Boston has been super chilly the past few weeks… in the 50s when I wake up in the morning. But I’d totally eat this chowder any time, in any weather :)

    - Sues