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Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder with Thyme

Sweet_Potato_and_Corn_Chowder1 (1 of 1)This extremely tasty chowder warms the soul on a chilly autumn night. I enjoy any type of chowder (fish, clam, corn, you name it!), but I find this version particularly interesting because of its use of sweet potatoes, sherry and thyme, and the crème fraîche adds a delicious finishing touch. Long list of ingredients in this recipe, but it’s really easy to prepare — I hope you’ll try this chowder one night!

4 oz bacon, diced
2 Tbsp butter
2 leeks, trimmed, rinsed and finely chopped (white part only)
3 shallots, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic, very finely grated or minced
2 – 3 medium red potatoes (tot. 1 lb), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large sweet potato (1 lb), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 lb frozen corn kernels
6 Tbsp dry white wine
3 Tbsp dry sherry
3 Tbsp finely chopped parsley, plus some additional for garnish
2 tsp dried thyme (or 1 Tbsp fresh, finely chopped)
3 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
5 cups beef or vegetable stock
4 oz crème fraîche

Heat bacon in a small pan over medium-high heat. Cook until bacon is crisp and fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Reserve 1 tsp of the bacon fat.

Heat butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Stir in the leeks, shallots, celery and reserved tsp of bacon fat. Sauté about 8 minutes, until leeks and shallots are translucent (and not burnt). Add the bay leaf, garlic, red potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn. Cook 8 minutes, stirring often.

Stir in the wine and sherry. Reduce heat and cook 5 minutes.

Stir in the parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, cayenne and stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover partially and simmer for about an hour, until the potatoes are soft, but not falling apart. Remove from heat. Stir in the crème fraîche and season with additional salt, if desired (I added another 1 tsp salt, which seemed about right). Pour into serving bowls, and garnish with chopped parsley and black pepper. I like to serve this dish with cornbread sticks.

Serves 6.

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Corn Chowder with Fresh Oregano and Dijon Croutons

Corn_Chowder_33 (1 of 1)Most vegetable dishes are best when prepared with fresh ingredients. I love corn chowder, however fresh local corn is not available in New England until late summer. Luckily, this delicious recipe calls for frozen corn, so I make it at any time of the year (I use name-brand sweet corn). Yesterday was a beautiful spring day, which got me in the mood again for this chowder. I hope you’ll try it!

1/2 lb red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into a 1/4-inch dice
2 slices hickory-smoked bacon, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped scallions, white and pale green parts (slice dark green part and use as garnish)
1/2 cup celery, chopped (about 1 large rib)
1 lb frozen corn
2 1/4 cups whole milk
2 Tbsp sour cream
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh oregano
1 Tbsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 fresh baguette
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Place potatoes in a sauce pan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender, but not falling apart. Total time from when you turn the heat on should be about 15 minutes. Strain and set aside.

Heat bacon in a Dutch oven. Cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pan (leaving drippings behind) and set aside.

Add the scallions and celery to the pan, and saute on low for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, set 1 cup of the corn aside. Place remainder into a blender, together with the milk, sour cream, oregano, salt and pepper. Blend to a puree, then add to the scallion mixture in the Dutch oven. Add the potatoes. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and season with additional salt and ground black pepper.

To prepare the croutons, slice baguette cross-wise into 1/4-inch slices. Lay the slices out on a cookie sheet, and spread the top of each with a good amount of Dijon mustard. Place under the broiler and cook until golden brown (not black!)

Garnish each serving of the chowder with the some of the bacon, sliced scallions and cheddar cheese. Serve with the croutons.

Serves 4.