Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Party In My Tummy

So it's been cold here in Texas. By cold I mean low 60's but in the evening it's been down into the 50's. You're probably saying "Holli, you should know cold you lived in Indiana." Yeah like 6 years ago. So what do you do when it's cold outside? You make soup. My husband found a recipe for corn chowder that sounded good. So I decided to make it. I made a few changes. Let me just say it is #2 on my favorite soups that I make. I thought I couldn't keep this to myself, so I decided to share with all of you! Here is my take on the recipe.


Ingredients

6 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed, divided (I used sweet corn)

4 cups low-salt chicken broth, divided

2 tablespoons olive oil

12 ounces smoked Spanish chorizo*, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 

2 cups chopped onion

2 pounds unpeeled red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

2 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 cups fat free half and half


*Chorizo is kid of greasy, so I'm sure you could use another type of sausage.



Preparation

Blend 3 cups corn kernels and 1 1/2 cups broth in blender. I just left it in the blender until I needed it.  





Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add chorizo and sauté about 3 minutes. Transfer chorizo to small bowl. 





Add onion and remaining 3 cups corn kernels to same skillet (Do not drain out the the chorizo juices, it adds flavor)  Sauté over medium-high heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add potatoes and stir about 2 minutes





Put corn mixture into a large pot. Add dried thyme, cayenne, pureed corn mixture, and remaining 2 1/2 cups broth to pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered 10 to 12 minutes. Add half and half and chorizo. Simmer uncovered about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper for some extra flavor. 




I served this with some fresh tortillas I bought at the store. Our grocery has a station where little ladies press tortillas all day. They are AMAZING!


This recipe makes a ton of soup. It will probably feed the two of us for the rest of the week. So try it out and let me know what you guys think. 





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