This soup should only be made with the freshest and sweetest of corn, ideally found at your local farmers’ market. It’s a hearty, low-fat, meatless soup that can be frozen and served in chillier days to remind us of the pleasures of summer and treasured moments with a friend. It is particularly well suited to make with someone else since the soup has two stages (making the stock and then making the soup), and requires some minimal labor like corn shucking, blending and pureeing.
Cooking With Friends Kitchen
For the corn soup base:
12 pieces of corn, shucked and rinsed
3 quarts of water
1 Tbs. Kosher Salt
1 cup low fat (1%) milk
For the Chowder:
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 large yellow onions, chopped
5 medium sized red potatoes, skin on, cut into cubes
1 red pepper, diced
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tbs. chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Stage One: Bring water to boil in a 5-quart soup pot. Add corn whole and blanch for 4-6 minutes. Remove corn from pot (leaving the water which is the beginning of your corn stock). After cooling slightly, remove the kernels from the cob with a sharp chef’s knife. Reserve two pieces of corn for later and place kernels back into the cooking liquid with the cobs. Add 1 Tbs. Kosher salt to soup and cook for another 45 minutes on a medium-low heat. At this point you can let the mixture sit for a while to allow the flavors to absorb.
Discard the cobs and begin blending the corn mixture using a hand blender. You next want to separate the corn mixture from the liquid by pouring it through a mesh sieve and save the corn pulp in a blender. When all of the mixture has been separated, blend the corn with 1 cup milk as smooth as you can. Add this mixture back to the stock and you have the base for your chowder. Either freeze or begin making the corn chowder.
Stage Two: In a large sautï¿½ pan, heat olive oil and sautï¿½ onions, potatoes and red pepper until they begin to brown (approximately 10 minutes). Season with salt. Add this mixture to the corn stock and cook for another 20-30 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley if desired.