Roasted Corn Chowder – A Halloween Tradition

E1AC369B-830B-4B21-9C8A-91F1547B323DEvery holiday is about traditions. Even Halloween has a tradition in our house and it’s called Roasted Corn Chowder.

Haloween in South Pasadena is a really big deal. We live in a flat and well-lit area so kids from all of the surrounding neighborhoods come to our town to Trick or Treat. I always have lots of candy, like 500 to 700 pieces. We finally learned to buy a little extra rather than scrambling to send my husband to the grocery store two or three times in the night!

So yes, Halloween is also expensive. That’s a lot of candy!

I always make homemade corn chowder for our family and friends. We usually eat from mugs because every time we try to sit down the doorbell rings again!

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Roasted Corn Chowder


This has become a tradition and is served every Halloween at our house. This recipe serves six generous portions.

INGREDIENTS

  • 7 ears corn
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 3 slices diced bacon
  • 1 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 TBL flour
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 2 TBL chopped green onion

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DIRECTIONS

A6A044E3-2CC6-42DF-A91E-68CB43215531Cut the fresh corn from the cob and cook with 1/4 cup water until fully cooked.

Grill pepper and peel, seed and chop. (If you want a trick to do this very easily, use your gas stovetop. Place the red pepper on a gas flame and turn with tongs until it is entirely black. Place in a brown paper bag for ten minutes to cool. Run under cold water and easily peel off the skin. Cut, seed, and chop into small pieces.)

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Saute bacon till just crisp, add onion, butter and saute until soft.

29A4D308-2737-4F57-9776-536A72BEC59ESprinkle with flour and stir two minutes. Add stock and potatoes, simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in corn, peppers and half and half. Simmer until thick, about 20 minutes.

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NOTE:

I think this chowder is actually better the day after. It thickens and is great served with corn muffins.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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