Sunday, May 16, 2010

The ultimate corn chowder

Now that it's getting "cooler" in South-East Queensland (I know, 14C/57F is positively frosty, right?) it's time for SOUP!

And not just any old soup - some lovely, hearty "meal in a bowl" type of soups just bursting with flavour.

Enter the Corn Chowder of a Lifetime. Soup has never made me so happy.


3 ears fresh corn

2 tablespoons butter

1 medium onion, cut into 1/2 inch dice

1/2 large red bell pepper/capsicum, cut into 1/2 inch dice

1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves removed and chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon turmeric (can be omitted)

2 potatoes, peeled and diced

3 cups stock

salt and pepper

2 teaspoons cornflour, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

1 cup cream

2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion


1. Husk the corn, removing all the silk, Cut the kernels from the cobs and place into a bowl. Reconcile with yourself that the little kernels will ping off everywhere and you'll find some under the fridge six months later. It happens. You can always cut the corn inside the bowl, so it catches most of the errant kernels.

2. Using the back of your knife, scrape down the cobs over the bowl.

3. Heat the butter in a large pot over low heat and add the butter, onion, belll pepper/capsicum, thyme, cumin and turmeric. Saute, stirring occasionally about 8 minutes until the onion and pepper are tender, but not browned.

4. Add the corn kernels, potatoes and stock. Bring to a boil, cover, and boil 10 minutes.

5. Use the back of your spoon to mash some of the potatoes against the side of the pot, or give it a good smoosh with a potato masher.

6. Reduce the heat to medium and season with salt and pepper.

7. Stir in the cornflour mixture and slowly pout in the pot, stirring constantly.

8. When the chowder has come back to the boil and thickened slightly, remove from the heat and stir in the cream.

9. Serve with the sliced green onions on top.

Recipe adapted from here. You can even see how much I loved it in the comments section...


  1. Oh that looks so yummy!!

    Its totally soup weather here now isn't it!
    I was just saying we need to move more north (we are in caloundra) to get away from the cold!!

  2. It's definitely soup weather! I even made a French onion soup to take to work this week, but it was awful haha. PS my office at work is like a frozen tundra, so I daresay anywhere north of here would be warmer! Mind you, the hinterland is always freezing this time of year.

  3. Oh, yum - this sounds so delicious. I'm going to add corn to my organic delivery tomorrow so I can make this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Let me know how you go, Libby!

  5. Oh, yum - this sounds so delicious. I'm going to add corn to my organic delivery tomorrow so I can make this. Thanks for sharing.

  6. AMZAZEBALLS!!!! Just had a friend drop off a bowl of this - am HOOKED!

  7. AMAZEBALLS I meant! : )

  8. Oh god, Isn't it incredible? The one soup I know I need to make like, three batches of at once. Glad you enjoyed it!