Monday, January 25, 2010

Corn and Green Chile Chowder in the Crock Pot

The last week of January! I really can't imagine how it arrived here so swiftly. I'm not ready to bid goodbye to the first month of the year. I haven't really revved it up yet, the way you're supposed to do in January. I used my tread mill less, slept more, and frankly went back for second helpings more often than is prudent. I haven't cast off any bad habits-in fact I rather indulged a few. And I'm certainly not ready to finish my January series on crock pot soups. I still have many more that I want to share, like winter minestrone, red curried cauliflower, french onion, broccoli and cheddar, African peanut, creamy tomato and tortellini, just to name a few. I'll try to squeeze a few more in this week, because once next week hits, it's all about the February holidays.

It's so comforting to have a delicious soup simmering in the crockpot when the weather is foul. The whole house smells savory and cozy. Corn and Green Chile Chowder is one of my favorite rainy day soups because I almost always have everything on hand. It helps me embrace those snug, warm, homey days of January, before they melt away. Get out your crockpot-and your fuzzy slippers, while you're at it.

Money Saving Tips:
When fresh corn is on sale in the summer, you can cut it right off the ear and freeze it in bag. You could use canned, fresh, or frozen in this recipe with great results. The same goes for the green chiles. Swap out bouillion cubes to save even more. This soup is yummy before the half and half goes in, so leave it out if you want to save a few calories and pennies.

Corn and Green Chile Chowder in the Crock Pot
Estimated Cost: $5.00 for four servings
5 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
3 cups corn kernels, fresh, frozen, or canned
1 (7 ounce) can green chiles, drained
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, minced
pinch of cumin
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of cayenne
1 large onion, minced
Add later:
1 (14 ounce) can creamed corn
1 cup half and half, whole milk, or evaporated milk
Pour broth and flour into crockpot. Whisk with wire whisk until smooth. Add all ingredients except creamed corn and half and half. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours. Add creamed corn and half and half, and cook just until warmed through, about fifteen minutes on high or thirty minutes on low. (It can go faster if the half and half is at room temperature.) Garnish soup with croutons, cilantro, or green onions and lots of freshly ground peppper.
Next Up:
Chocolate Loaf Cake

15 comments:

Brie said...

Thanks! I've been looking for another soup for this month, and I think this one just won. I'm also dying to hear your broccoli and cheese soup recipe!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Looks nice and sounds easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy said...

Yum! I'm a vegetarian so I'll sub veggie broth, but it's always nice to find a vegetarian friendly recipe. I have healthy slow cooker recipes on my blog if you're interested.

Julie Harward said...

YUM...THIS LOOKS SO GOOD! I LOVE SOUP DURING THESE MONTHS..NOTHING BETTER! COME SAY HI :D

Chef Aimee said...

Delicious! I love creamed corn and adding this to the soup base is just wonderful.

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

This sounds delicious! That you can make it in the crock pot makes it even better. :)

dining room tables said...

This is a great recipe! Thanks for sharing! It sound easy to make and delicious!

Anonymous said...

Can I back-up a day? In the curried chicken soup do you add raw chicken or cooked chicken?
Sal's Girl

Prudy said...

Sal's girl:
I use raw chicken. If I haven't defrosted, I put it right in frozen. You could use cooked chicken also; just add it when the soup is finished cooking. Good luck and welcome!

Keri @ Spirit of Power said...

Oh ho ho - that looks GOOOD! I think I even have all we need to whip it up already in the house, so this is getting printed out and stuck on the fridge in anticipation of the next "soup weather day".
Thanks for sharing it!

Katy ~ said...

Bookmarked! This sounds amazing!

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Michal said...

I made this last night for the first time and we loved it! I sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on top. Yum!

Michal said...

I made this last night for the first time and we loved it! I sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on top. Yum!