Corn+Leek Chowder

Baby, it’s freezing cold outside. Here in Utah we’ve had more snow already this year than I remember having all of last year. Okay, I’m exaggerating just a bit. I am longing for the sun. That is no exaggeration.

I go through these phases when I love certain veggies or fruits. I use them in everything until I find a new love and move on. Fennel was my veggie of choice for most of the summer and early fall. Leeks are back in my heart now.

Oh, how I love leeks. I cheer when they are in season, though you can get them year-round. I sneak them into just about everything I can–Thanksgiving stuffing, soups, pizza, omelets, spoonbread. You name it.

I’m having a hard time getting my kids to eat much of anything these days. My son is on a strict bread and butter diet with the occasional sausage or meatball. My oldest daughter wants pasta, pasta, pasta all the time with Creamy Cheese Sauce, which is nothing more than a bit of butter, a bit of cream cheese and a bit of milk to thin it out. My little redheaded daughter will eat almost anything. The catch is this: my husband or I must be eating it. She’s a dinner thief.

One thing they all like is soup. Sure they may only eat the broth and leave the goodies behind, but we’re working on it.

This chowder actually pleased most everyone. Fritz picked off the bacon and slurped the creamy broth. Betta ate mine after I took photos of it.  It did have sharp cheddar and bacon on top–I can’t blame her. Lilly ate bowl after bowl after bowl. I don’t think she realized she was doing it. My husband declared it one of his favorites and told me I could make it again if I wanted to. (Be still my heart. I love it when my husband is pleased with my cooking.)

Know what’s really good with this chowdah?  Sourdough rolls.  We like the Crusty Sourdough Rolls from Rhodes.  (They didn’t pay me to say this.  This is not a sponsored post.  I’m telling you about it because they are really good–surprisingly good.)  Another good thing?  Niman Ranch bacon.  (I bought it on sale.)  It was a weak moment that I’m glad I succumbed to.  It’s uncured and comes from humanely raised animals.  Worth the splurge and really good crumbled over this soup, though it doesn’t really need it.

Corn and Leek Chowder

original recipe

Ingredients:
1 small bag frozen corn
3 leeks, white and tender green parts, well washed and thinly sliced
2-3 stalks celery, diced
1 large onion, diced
a little oil, for sauteeing
4-5 medium red skinned potatoes or other waxy potato (don’t peel them, that’s too much work), diced
8-10 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup whipping cream
Garnishes: sliced green onions, shredded cheddar, crumbled bacon, fresh herbs if you got ‘em

Instructions:
In a large stock pot, saute the leeks, celery, and onion in a little oil until they start to soften. Toss in the potatoes. Add enough chicken broth to cover and simmer until the potatoes are almost cooked through. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan or skillet, melt the butter. After it starts to foam, add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon. Cook for a few minutes, being careful not to let it brown. When the potatoes are almost cooked through, add the flour/butter paste a little at a time and stir. The soup will thicken up at this point. Keep stirring. Add the whipping cream and any additional broth to get it to the desired thickness. Add the corn and simmer for a few minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish, if desired.

Makes enough for 8-10 people, unless you want seconds (you will), and in that case more like 6 people.

12 Responses to “Corn+Leek Chowder”

  1. Jenny December 3, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    I have everything for this soup! Thanks for the bacon link, I’ve been looking for a better bacon.

    I can’t stop staring at those three middle photos. Have you gotten even better at photography or has it just been this long since I’ve had your regular viewing pleasure? They are great.

  2. Lindsey Johnson December 3, 2010 at 5:15 am #

    Jenny–you know how to make a girl feel good! Thanks for the compliment. :)

  3. dalene December 3, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    Yum!

  4. Melanie December 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    I agree, photos are amazing. Looks like I need to be adding more leeks to my diet and my kids’ diet. I bet they’d love this!

  5. Sarah December 3, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    Sounds divine. I really haven’t cooked that much with leeks because I had a failure once, and never tried again.
    You have inspired me to try one more time.

  6. Ingrid December 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    I’ve never had leeks. I’ll have to look for them when we go to the farmers mark tomorrow.

    While my children aren’t picky eaters per se, my youngest can be a pain. Like your redhead she’ll complain she isn’t in the “mood” for something yet eat if off our plates.
    ~ingrid

  7. michelle December 5, 2010 at 5:24 am #

    I looooove leeks. I will definitely be making this soon!

  8. Hilary December 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    First-time commenter here. I made this tonight and it was a big hit! I did make a couple of tweeks that others might benefit from knowing about:

    1. I used veggie broth. I’m always on the lookout for a good vegetarian recipe (my best friend is a vegetarian) and it tasted fine with this substitution.
    2. Once the soup cooled a bit, I blended half of it in the food processor and mixed it back in. I preferred the texture this way. You could also do this with an immersion blender, but I don’t have one.

    Keep the recipes coming. This one was a winner!

  9. Lindsey Johnson December 9, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    Hilary–Thanks for the feedback and for your comment. I love the idea of using the veggie broth. (I’m right on the edge of cutting out meat completely again, so I’ll have to do this next time I make it.) Pureeing the soup sounds awesome. I just got an immersion blender for my anniversary. I wish I had thought of that!

    Please keep commenting. I love hearing from you guys.

  10. Daniel December 10, 2010 at 1:03 am #

    Posts like this are why I’m grateful that you’ve returned to blogging here. You have a gift for sharing amazing, welcoming recipes that just cry out to be made and shared. Thank you!

    Dan
    Casual Kitchen

  11. Haley December 20, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Oh my goodness! I think I just fell in love! Looks divine!

  12. Wendy February 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    …made this soup last night. Super yum! THANKS!

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