Corn Soup…Corn Chowder…Corn Choup

Corn Soup…Corn Chowder…Corn Choup

How can I say this? It is going to be hard.  It is going to come out so I guess I need to be the one to say it….I think I’m a fraud.

Maybe I’m being too hard on myself.  It isn’t like I stole anything or deliberately tried or tried to deceive people. It wasn’t that cheated someone or swindled someone out of their life savings.

I don’t pad my bra (that is obvious), lie about my age or hide my feelings.  I am one who believes that withholding the truth is the same as lying.

But sometimes ignorance about something may look like you are trying to be deceptive but in all honesty….you just didn’t know.

This all came up this week when I was driving home from Indianapolis and stopped at a corn truck. If you live in a city, a corn truck is a guy at the edge of his farm selling corn out of his truck.  (If you are in a city and a guy is saying he is selling corn out of a white panel van…run…he has no corn…he is a creep.)

Back to my story….I stopped at the corn truck and bought a dozen ears of corn.  It was beautiful bicolor with kernels that were oozing with corn juice.  The husks were still damp from the morning dew and the ears were so big it took both my arms to carry the dozen to my car.

As I continued my drive home, I had “Bubba” moment from Forest Gump thinking of all things I could make with this bounty of corn.  Corn fritters, corn cake, corn salsa, grilled corn…you get the picture.  (I had different kind of “Bubba” moment when I was on a country side road detour and I could hear banjos start playing.)

One of my favorite things to make with fresh corn is the corn chowder I’ve made for the past 20 years. It is one of those soups you eat in the summer that tastes like sunshine in a bowl.  It is sweet, rich but not heavy.

What I didn’t realize is that all these years, I hadn’t been making a chowder….I was just making soup. I feel like a weight is off of my shoulder letting you know that I am aware of my sham.

All these years, I have used this recipe for guests and said it was a chowder.  It is no chowder.  I always thought a thick, milk/cream based soup was a chowder.  I read that most chowders had seafood and if they were vegetable based they had to have potatoes.  I have none those things!!!!

Food rules and nomenclature is very confusing sometimes…. especially with internet access.  (And always spell check yourself when googling corn so you don’t accidently type in Ways to enjoy porn instead of ways to enjoy corn.)

I could still argue the fact that there are some descriptions that my soup would be considered a chowder but I don’t want to hoodwink folks into thinking they are getting something they are not.  (I’m not sure why I’m so concerned…people come here and get a wonderful, free meal….are they allowed to complain?)

So long story…turned into a blog…here is the recipe for my favorite Corn Chowder…Corn Soup…Corn Choup.  It’s a chowder….it is a soup…it is delicious!

Corn Choup

Ingredients

8 cups of fresh farm sweet corn (bought off a truck optional)

A hearty sprinkle of espelette chili powder

Olive oil

2 Stalks of celery, chopped

8 green onions, chopped

1 jalapeño seeded and chopped (or a half if you don’t like spicy)

1.5 cups white wine

2 cans of chicken broth

1.5 cups half and half

½ cup cream

½ cup chopped cilantro

Directions

Oven 375

Prepare a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.

Toss corn with a swirl of olive oil and a sprinkle of the chili pepper.

Spread in a single layer on the baking sheets.

Roast for about 20 minutes.  This adds a little more depth to the flavor of the soup. Reserve about 1 cup of the corn to add at the end.

In a large soup pot, heat up about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the celery, onions and jalapeño.  Sauté for about 5-10 minutes.  You want to soften them but not necessarily brown them.

Add the corn and sauté another couple of minutes.

Add wine and let wine reduce by half.

Add the broth and let simmer on low for 15 minutes.

Using an immersion blender, blend the soup to desired consistency.  (You can do this in a blender too but you need to blend with caution and in very small batches allowing for steam to escape.)

Add the half and half, cream and cilantro and let the immersion blender give it another twirl or two.

Heat on low for another 5-10 minutes.  (Essentially you are just heating up the creams and you don’t want them to scald.)

Add the reserved corn and serve.

(I always put a dollop of pureed roasted red peppers on the top for color and contrast.)