Sunday, September 04, 2011

Grilled Corn & Potato Chowder

Oh! First I want to tell you that I made Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches with Red Onion and Aioli Saturday night, a favorite that we hadn't had in quite awhile. Delicious! I missed it. On to Sunday's dinner:

So. Our go-to corn & potato chowder is definitely THIS ONE, but I thought we'd try a new one just because it's grilled and doesn't have the poblanos. I really like grilled corn and potatoes, so it was a nice change. I don't think I would make it again because we're so addicted to the other one, but this was definitely a nice summer soup. Yum!


Grilled Corn and Potato Chowder
Cooking Light, September 2009

1 pound small red potatoes -- quartered
1 tablespoon salt -- divided
3 tablespoons softened butter -- divided
4 ears shucked corn
Cooking spray
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
2 thyme sprigs
3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2. Place a grill basket on grill.

3. Place potatoes and 2 teaspoons salt in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Let potatoes stand in hot water 5 minutes. Drain; cut into 1/4-inch cubes.

4. Melt 1 tablespoon butter; brush evenly over corn. Place corn on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Place potatoes in grill basket coated with cooking spray. Grill corn and potatoes 15 minutes or until slightly charred, turning occasionally. Cool corn slightly; cut kernels from cobs. Place 1 cup corn kernels in a food processor; process until smooth.

5. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining 1 teaspoon salt and red pepper; cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Stir in potatoes, remaining corn kernels, pureed corn, milk, half-and-half, and thyme sprigs; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard thyme sprigs. Stir in chives and remaining ingredients.

Servings: 6

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