Saturday, November 22, 2014

Slow Cooker Corn and Potato Chowder

What's your favorite kitchen appliance? Mine is the Slow Cooker.  I just read an article about a new slow cooker that can be turned on and off via your smart phone.  This may go on my Christmas list.

After a busy day at work, especially those occurring on Monday's, nothing is better than coming home and dinner is ready.  Corn Chowder is one of my favorite soups.   When I saw this recipe, I was thrilled to find a recipe designed for the slow cooker!

The original recipe calls for heavy cream.  I learned a trick (I think from Pioneer Woman?) to add cornmeal as a thickening agent, no heavy cream needed.  Equally as rich with much less calories and fat.




Slow Cooker Corn and Potato Chowder
Adapted from Mama Loves Food!


 Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces (1/2 pound) bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled
  • 2 1/2 pounds Russet potatoes (approximately 5 medium sized potatoes), NOT peeled, diced in 1/4 inch cubes
  • 8 cups (about 2 pounds) kernel corn
  • 1 medium/large sweet yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 6 - 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 32 ounces (4 cups) chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • salt & pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients except cornmeal in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 10 hours or high for 6 hours.
  3. Blend about half the soup using an immersion blender or just scoop it into your upright blender then return to slow cooker).
  4. Mix 1/2 cup cornmeal with a cup of the broth from the soup, stir into soup and cook on high for 15 - 20 minutes.  This acts as a thickening agent, no cream needed.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.

5 comments:

  1. A slow cooker can be a life saver on a buy weeknight. Delicious recipe.

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  2. I like the cornmeal idea! Happy Thanksgiving week Julie-enjoy:@)

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  3. Your soup looks wonderful. This is the time of year that I can't wait to try new kinds of soup!

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  4. I like this - good and easy. Soup would be perfect today with all this snow here!

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  5. I hadn't heard of the cornmeal trick - love it and this sounds delicious!

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