As corn season ends, we ramp our efforts to utilize those tasty kernels in as many ways as possible. Chowder is a fabulous fallback especially as the summer temps start to wane and crisp, cool nights creep in. This riff from Fine Cooking incorporates a poblano chili, with ours yielding a full cup, once chopped down.
When it comes to the broth, we used homemade chicken stock, which adds oodles of flavor by itself. If you don’t have any homemade on hand, jarred Better Than Bouillon is a decent brand for either chicken or vegetable broth.
While you could make this spicy take on corn chowder with frozen corn, it’s best with fresh. And since we prefer a kick, I added a healthy pinch of cayenne along with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon at the end.
Potato and Poblano Corn Chowder
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 poblano, seeded and coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
- 1 medium rib celery, thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)
- 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 2 cups lower-salt vegetable or chicken broth
- 1-1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 medium red potato (about 8 oz.), cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 3 cobs)
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- Cayenne, to taste
- Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or similar pot over medium heat. Add the onion, poblano, carrot, celery, coriander, cumin, thyme, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 6 minutes.
- Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables, and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds.
- Stir in the tomato paste, and then add the broth and milk. Add the potatoes and corn, and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cover, reduce to a low simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potato is tender, about 15 minutes.
- Using a potato masher, slightly mash the vegetables in the pot to thicken the chowder to your desired consistency.
- Add the lemon juice, and season to taste with cayenne, salt, and pepper.
Recipe by Ivy Manning for Fine Cooking