I make no apologies. I love watching Barefoot Contessa on Saturday mornings. As a matter of fact, I record every episode. Ina Garten is one of my favorites, so when looking for a cold, winter chowder, I knew right where to go. I am sharing her recipe for everyone to enjoy. Don’t be afraid to add to it. I added a little rotisserie chicken and it was DELISH. It’s all about living simply these days. So, here’s a great, simple recipe for the weekend. Stay warm, everyone! Spring is just around the corner.
Ina’s Cheddar Corn Chowder
8 ounces bacon, chopped
1/4 cup good olive oil
6 cups chopped yellow onions (4 large onions)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup flour (You can use gluten-free; it works just fine)
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
12 cups chicken stock
6 cups medium-diced white boiling potatoes, unpeeled (2 pounds)
10 cups corn kernels, fresh (10 ears) or frozen (3 pounds)
2 cups half-and-half
½ pound sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
- In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, cook the bacon and olive oil until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions and butter to the fat, and cook for 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
- Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and potatoes, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. If using fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cob and blanch them for 3 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain. (If using frozen corn you can skip this step.) Add the corn to the soup, then add the half-and-half and cheddar. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Serve hot with a garnish of bacon.