Leftover Corn Chowder

Introduction

Transform your leftovers into a comforting delight with Leftover Corn Chowder, a hearty and delicious soup that repurposes yesterday’s corn into a flavorful, new dish. This recipe not only reduces food waste but also provides a warm and satisfying meal that showcases the versatility of corn.

Background and History

Corn chowder has deep roots in American cuisine, particularly in regions where corn is a staple. Originally a simple dish made with corn, potatoes, and other available ingredients, it evolved into various regional variations. Leftover Corn Chowder embraces this tradition, offering a creative way to repurpose cooked corn and create a delightful soup.

Serves

4 servings

Time

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Leftover Corn (2 cups, cooked)

Freshly cooked, grilled, or roasted corn works well.

Potatoes (2 medium, diced)

Adds heartiness to the chowder.

Bacon (4 strips, chopped)

For smoky flavor (optional).

Onion (1 medium, finely chopped)

Enhances the base flavor.

Garlic (2 cloves, minced)

Adds aromatic depth.

Chicken or Vegetable Broth (4 cups)

For the soup base.

Milk (1 cup): Adds creaminess.

All-Purpose Flour (2 tbsp): Thickens the chowder.

Thyme (1 tsp, dried): Provides herbal notes.

Bay Leaf (1): Adds subtle flavor.

Salt and Pepper to taste: Adjust according to preference.

Green Onions (2 tbsp, chopped): Garnish for freshness.

Instructions

Sauté Bacon and Aromatics

In a large pot, sauté chopped bacon until crispy. Add chopped onion and minced garlic, cooking until softened.

Add Potatoes and Corn

Stir in diced potatoes and leftover corn, ensuring even distribution of flavors.

Create Soup Base

Sprinkle flour over the ingredients and stir to coat. Gradually pour in chicken or vegetable broth, stirring constantly to avoid lumps.

Simmer and Season

Add dried thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Allow the chowder to simmer until the potatoes are tender and the flavors meld.

Finish with Milk

Pour in milk, stirring to incorporate. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Garnish and Serve

Sprinkle chopped green onions over the chowder before serving. Enjoy the comforting goodness of Leftover Corn Chowder!

Nutrition Facts

(Per serving – based on 4 servings)

Calories: 250

Total Fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 700mg

Total Carbohydrates: 40g

Protein: 8g

Notes

Customize with additional vegetables or herbs.

Consider adding shredded cheese for extra richness.

Allergy Warning

Check for bacon allergies. Adjust ingredients accordingly for dietary restrictions.

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