Monday, May 16, 2011

Roasted Corn & Potato Chowder

I remember when I was a young girl growing up in Maryland we couldn't wait until the first ears of Silver Queen corn would appear at the road-side stands.  The kernels were so sweet and tender that you didn't even need to cook them.  So when I was at the market today, I knew exactly what I was going to make for dinner tonight when I saw the large stalls of local sweet white corn.

I love chowders and they are so easy to make.  Besides making this Roasted Corn & Potato Chowder, I also like to make Curried Cauliflower & Potato, as well as Slow Roasted Tomato and Potato Chowder.  But since corn is in season, roasted corn chowder it is!  

(Serves 4)

3 large ears white or yellow corn on the cob, roasted
1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, diced small
1 tbsp canola oil
1 medium onion, diced small
1 cup celery, diced small
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh thyme, minced
2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 tbsp Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
2 tbsp flour
4 cups unsweetened/plain rice milk or other non-dairy milk
2 cups vegetable stock
1 tbsp Vegan worcestershire sauce
Several dashes of Tabasco sauce (optional)
2 tbsp pale dry sherry
1/2-1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Crusty bread for dipping

  • Preheat broiler to 475.  Shuck corn, remove silk and roast on a sheet pan until lightly charred and golden on all sides.  Let corn cool and remove kernels with a knife.  Set aside.
  • Dice all vegetables and mince garlic and thyme.
  • In a stock pot or large sauce pan, add canola oil and saute onions and celery for about 5 minutes on medium-low heat until soft.  
  • Add garlic, thyme and Old Bay Seasoning and stir to combine.
  • Add butter and stir until melted and then add the flour and stir to combine.
  • Next add vegetable stock and rice or non-dairy milk and bring up to a boil, reduce heat to medium and add diced potatoes, roasted corn, worcestershire sauce and Tabasco.
  • Cook on medium until potatoes are soft and flavors are combined, about 20-30 minutes.
  • During the last five minutes of cooking, add pale dry sherry and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Garnish with parsley and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and serve with warm crusty bread rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil.

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