On one of the thirty-seven cooking shows I watch each day, I observed someone brewing up a pot of corn soup. They began with two ears of sweet corn removing the kernels from the cobs and pureed half in a blender while leaving the rest whole. I don’t recall any more of the recipe but when I think corn I often think Mexican and what I did remember was enough to build upon.
Last week I picked up a can of creamed corn and a can of whole corn and following a quick inventory of the fridge, freezer and larder came up with Chapman’s North of the Border Gringo OH-Mex Corn Chowder. Here’s the deal:
- Puree one can of creamed corn in a blender or food processor. Add a little milk, half ‘n half, or cream to aid the process. When finished pour into a 4 or 5 quart sauce pan or stock pot. (Note: Couple of years ago I bought a submersible wand blender and it is extremely handy for making soups like this. Also easier to clean than a bigger machine. )
- Add one can of whole corn along with enough milk to achieve the consistency you like. You may have to add some additional liquid later.
- Add a can of sliced new potatoes cut to a smaller pieces.
- Add to the mixture some finely chopped onion, a little fresh or canned chopped tomato, and some finely chopped peppers. I had some late season fresh tomatoes and red sweet peppers so I used those.
- For seasoning I flavored to taste with sea salt, fresh black pepper, chili powder, ground cumin, dried cilantro, and some homemade pineapple-Habanero sauce a friend had given me.
- Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and let slowly cook for an hour. Stir frequently.
- If you want a meat version add some Mexican chorizo or a little smoked sausage. I happened to have some shredded Caribbean BBQ pork and added a little of that to each bowl.
To finish off each serving I added a dollop of sour cream, chopped scallions and some fried homemade corn tortilla strips. A few days earlier I had constructed a crude tortilla press from some scrap boards and had practiced making corn tortillas from masa harina. So, it all came together at just the right time.