Monday, November 9, 2009

Corn and Fingerling Potato Chowder with Bacon

The moment the weather starts to get cooler, I am all about breaking out the soups, stews, and total comfort foods.  This chowder is one that I will likely be making quite often through the winter.  This soup definitely can stand on its own as a meal!  The bacon flavoring nicely complements the richness of the fingerling potatoes and the corn gives it a texture that can't be beat.  I served it with some fresh bread, garnished with additional crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar. 

Corn and Fingerling Potato Chowder with Bacon

3 slices lean bacon
1 3/4 cups diced onion
4 cups fresh corn kernels (due to seasonal availability, I used frozen)
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 cup half-and-half
16 ounces fingerling potatoes, diced
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Cook the bacon in a large dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and crumble. Add onion to drippings in pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add corn, chopped thyme, and garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, milk, half-and-half, and potatoes; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.

Transfer 2 cups of the potato mixture to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth; return pureed mixture to pan. Stir in salt and black pepper; sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

Source: For the Love of Cooking


  1. this would be so good with a left over Thanksgiving Turkey sandwich! mmmmm!

  2. This looks delish!!! A must try, for sure!!!

  3. I make a potato soup and top it the same way (minus the corn). This looks so good.

    Love your new blog look too!

  4. This would certainly hit the spot any night of the week. Warm, filling, homey, and DELICIOUS! Good cooking method, too, I think, to get the most flavor out of your ingredients. Will try this one soon.

    PS Love the new look of your blog, too.

  5. Your blog looks beautiful!! LOVE it!!! The soup sounds terrific, I remember seeing it on Pams blog, and thinking I have to try it. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. I loved this soup! Your version looks fantastic...thanks for the shout out and link back to my site.

  7. Looks so delicious. Perfect fo this time of year!

  8. PS award for you on my wednesdays post.

  9. What a warm and comforting dish to have for those chilly winter night.

  10. Mmmm, I love soup and this one sounds absolutely cozy and delicious! I love the use of the fingerling potatoes, and bacon... well, bacon makes everything better!