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Two Corn Soup Recipes #FrenchFridayswithDorie

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Sometimes I drive myself batty, and most likely my family, with my blog ideas.  We had Corn Soup on the French Fridays with Dorie schedule this week…and I’d been meaning to make a favorite corn chowder recipe since eating my first ear of sweet corn this July.  Who cares if they both have a boatload of different garnishes?  Or that my kitchen would be full of dirty chopping boards and pans once both were made?  I was just antsy for soup after a long, hot summer where any added heat in the kitchen would have been insane (but maybe I was there already???).  Our cool mornings this week were teasing us with their autumnal breezes…and I was ready!

Dorie’s recipe started with stripping the kernels off of fresh corn on the cob, then steeping  milk with the leftover corn cobs.  Onions, carrots, celery and garlic were sautéed, then milk, rosemary, thyme, a bay leaf, and the corn were added to the vegetables and simmered till the flavors infused the broth.  Dorie suggested pureeing the soup, but I kept mine chunky…and garnished with bacon, corn, and a red chili pepper.  Scallions and creme fraiche were forgotten in the fridge.  But I did have shrimp…and placed 3 on top of each bowl. The subtle essence of the herbed broth danced on my tongue, and each bite brought another delicious element to the forefront…and reminded me that Dorie has the knack for layering flavor upon flavor.  Dorie’s recipe can be found in Around My French Table or in Bon Appétit.

 

Then on to the chowder.  Chopped bacon and onions were sautéed, flour added as a thickener, then chicken broth and cubed potatoes.  When the potatoes were almost tender, the corn and chicken were added, then finally a little cream.  This chowder was garnished with tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and lime juice.  A heartier, dinner soup. I couldn’t get away with serving Dorie’s soup as an entrée, but I could with this chowder.   And now I’m thinking it could be improved upon by infusing some herbs.  So maybe it was good that I did a side by side comparison???  There was a split decision, but I could eat either anytime, anywhere!

Summer Chicken and Corn Chowder

Summer Chicken and Corn Chowder

A terrific summer chowder adapted from Sunset Magazine

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon, chopped (may want to use an extra slice or two to garnish)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups shredded chicken
  • 3 cups corn, cut from the cob or frozen
  • 1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped or grape tomatoes, halved
  • I avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste if needed

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook until bacon starts to brown. Remove any you'd like to reserve for garnish. Add onion, reduce heat to medium, and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and cook for about 3 minutes without browning the flour.
  2. Add potatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are barely tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken and corn and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add cream to taste. Cook for about 2 minutes, till heated through. Serve garnished with tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, reserved bacon, a squirt or two of lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.

 

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70 comments on “Two Corn Soup Recipes #FrenchFridayswithDorie”

  1. That looks really good except for the corn. I don’t really care for corn in my soup.

  2. So pretty! You rocked that soup like a hurricane. Corn soup is one of my favorites, something I’d never had before I moved to Cayman. I love how yours uses avocado…I bet that’s ace!

  3. Lizzy, this soup is lovely, but more importantly it looks delicious! I love a good corn soup and this one sounds so flavorful!

  4. Liz…both soups look wonderful! But that corn soup…with the larger pieces of corn off the cob…is calling my name! What a beautiful presentation!

  5. That chowder looks AMAZING, Lizzy. Oh my – what a feast to the eyes. The shrimp look great with Dorie’s version. I should try fresh seafood next time.

  6. What a fun taste test! Both of your soups look great. After I had made my soup I was also thinking that shrimp would have been a great addition. Next time.

  7. Look at you, Lizzy…pretty soon you’ll have as many comments as the SK (smittenkitchen)
    No wonder! you keep coming up with all the latest, and best recipes. Love the Dorie corn soup, even with the shrimp, and most certainly adore the colorful, fresh and yummy veggie soup, as well!
    Happy Labor Day!
    xoxo

  8. This looks really good. I keep thinking about joining up but worry we wouldn’t like alot of it. We can’t have seafood in the house as mini-me is really allergic. Plus none of us really care for it. Are you allowed to adapt recipes or do they have to be bang on?

  9. They look delicious! I haven’t tried many recipes out of Dorie’s most recent book, but that looks like a good candidate. (No shrimp though — my husband is allergic!)

  10. Ahhh, I know that corn chowder. It was indeed delicious, though my bowl isn’t anywhere near as breathtaking as yours! I love the other as well. They’re both fantastic.

  11. I want absolutely try this corn soup… looks irresistible with shrimp!

  12. I love corn chowder. I don’t think I’ve ever made it before, though. Yours looks delicious. I love the addition of shrimp, which probably would have never crossed my mind. Thank goodness it’s finally feeling autumnal!

  13. Looks so good Liz!

    Kara (Brit)

  14. I’m with you on being ready for soup! I just made a big pot myself. Your corn soup looks so delicious and filled with lots of great ingredients!!

  15. Both of these look superb! Beautiful presentations!

  16. Both look beautiful and delicious, but I realized that I really love a soup with corn! I got a huge craving looking at your corn chowder. I didn’t know I was this crazy about corn in the soup. I need to drink soon otherwise I won’t be able to sleep…seriously. Lime and avocado is such a wonderful addition!

  17. Your decoration is just too beautiful! I really love your version because the ingredients just give it such a nice summery touch and although autums is right around the corner, I still don’t want to let go of summer completely. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Tobias

  18. Fantastic presentation! And the flavors of the “other” corn soup sound wonderful.

  19. I love both so much 🙂 They look so beautiful and yummy!!!

  20. Both soups look gorgeous – nice that you’ve done a comparison.

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