He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young
. {Isaiah 40:11}

09 February 2011

{Cheddar Corn Chowder}

Cheddar Corn Chowder
{A tiny alteration of Ina Garten} 

What You'll Need:
8 ounces bacon, chopped
1/4 c good olive oil
3 c chopped yellow onions {about 3 medium}
2 T ulsalted butter
1/4 c flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 t black pepper
6 cups chicken stock {little over 2 cans}
3 c medium diced white boiling potatoes
5 c corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1 c half-n-half
4 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
{If you look up the recipe directly from Ina you'll see that I halved most of the ingredients. Even halved, this recipe makes A LOT of soup!}

What To Do:
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 for 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent. 
Stir in the flour, salt, pepper 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-n-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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