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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Corn Chowder

It’s rainy and cold here in the Bay Area. I have a sneaking suspicion it’s a lot colder elsewhere, too. So how about some smoky, warm, cozy corn chowder?

corn chowder 2 web

This recipe is from my friend Adrianne’s mom. (Adrianne just had a baby! Welcome to the world, Baby Claire!) Adrianne is an excellent cook – every recipe or cooking advice she’s given me has always been spot on. This recipe is no exception. It’s a fairly straightforward crock pot recipe. The bacon gives it a nice salty and smoky flavor. And, despite the fact it contains half & half AND cheese, the soup is not too thick, but instead has a great consistency.

I have a few other corn chowder recipes posted at this link from a Call for Recipes I did ages ago, in case you feel like shopping around for more corny recipes.

Corn Chowder
From Adrianne Campbell’s Mom
Recipe type: Main Dish, Soup
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 celery stalks,chopped
  • 2 potatoes, chopped (Jane note: I leave the skins on, but you can peel them if you like)
  • 4 cups corn (frozen or canned)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
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  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon. salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1½ cups cream or half n’ half
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  1. Cook onions, bacon & celery, put in slow cooker. Add potatoes, corn, broth, bay leaf, salt & pepper. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Take bay leaf out and throw away. On the stove top, melt butter, add the flour so it makes a paste. Cook until light brown. Slowly add the cream to the paste, heat until it thickens. DO NOT BOIL! Move it from the heat, add the cheese and mix until melted. Add this mixture to the slow cooker mixture. Stir well and serve.



  1. 1

    Yum! This is just the ultimate come-inside-and-get-cozy meal. Looks delish.

  2. 2

    Perfect for a chilly day. It is cold here, I am getting scared spring will never come. Great photos!

  3. 3

    It’s been sunny but 4 degrees all week. Now it’s 33 degrees but snowing. We can’t win!

    This soup (without the bacon, of course…I bet it will still be good!) will be perfect tonight. Thanks!

  4. 4

    This is very strange….kismet really. I was looking for a recipe for Corn Chowder today because we’re about to get hit with a Snowicane here in the northeast and I wanted something yummy and comforting!!

  5. 5

    More kismet…I made potato corn chowder last night. It was good and it’s a healthy recipe (and the kids enjoy it) but it doesn’t quite fulfill my corn-chowder-with-bacon craving (not to mention the half-and-half). Sigh… I’ll print this up and make it when the bacon craving gets the better of me! BRING ON THE SNOW!!!

  6. 6

    This is sooo eerie Jane. I was going to make this tonight but could not find a good receipe. I just thought I would see your latest post and volia! Going to try this one now for sure.

  7. 7
    Jane Maynard

    love all your comments…I SERIOUSLY almost didn’t do this post today…but apparently you were alls ending corn chowder vibes my way 🙂

  8. I saw this recipe here a couple of weeks ago and made it and it was delicious and very easy.

  9. Yummy! It has been a while since I’ve made corn chowder. Spring keeps teasing us, but I think I’ll be able to get in a few more chowder/soup recipes before it is too warm.

  10. 10

    i should make this! but to be perfectly honest, that just isn’t going to happen right now with baby claire on the scene now. i still laugh when i think how you called the hospital right after we had her! that was so funny.

    one thing that i’ve been doing with this recipe is cutting back on the salt, depending on what type of cheese and bacon you get, 1 tsp of additional salt, can be a bit much sometimes. i usually bring it down to about 1/2 tsp or so to be safe.

  11. 11

    I love potatoes in soup and this looks delicious

  12. Great recipe!!! I love it:)

  13. One of my favorites to turn to on a cold day!! Love mind with fresh homemade biscuits!yum!

  14. 14

    Made it–Loved it!

  15. 15

    Left recipe for husband to make while I was at work. Of course he cooked all the veg in the bacon fat and added way more butter, but it was delicious! Crazy but it rained here in AZ and this was a perfect meal tonight!

    • Jane Maynard

      love it! those diversions from the recipe certainly are tasty ones! 😉 glad you enjoyed the soup

  16. 16

    Making a Southwestern version inspired by this recipe. I added a yellow carrot, 1/2 green bell pepper, 1 dried ancho chili, 2 diced & browned chorizo links (well drained on paper towels), cumin, thyme, and cayenne. It smells crazy good in here right now!

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