It’s August, and here in Central PA, ’tis the season for all things corn! Everyone and their brother grows it and everyone and their brother sells it. I am certainly not complaining. Fresh corn right off the cob, served with a little butter and salt, is a magical thing. When it’s slightly sweet and tender, I could probably eat a dozen ears all by myself.
As much as I like corn au naturel, I also like cooking with it. You may remember my Out-of-this-World Corn Dip, Jalapeño Corn Dip, and even my White Chicken Chili. My friends over at KitchenAid reached out to me recently and asked if I wanted to try their new Magnetic Drive Torrent Blender. (They also offered me one to giveaway to my readers! More on that below.) Of course, I said, “Heck yeah!” One for me and one for you. I’m in!
After playing with this blender for a week or so, I’ve determined it’s pretty amazing. It looks sharp and it’s powerful. It uses Magnetic Drive technology and has a locking system which holds the jar in place while the motor powers through almost anything. There’s no need to hold on to the lid and jar while blending. Everything is secure. I love that. (No more food explosions in the kitchen. We’ve all been there.)
Instead of whipping up a typical smoothie, I thought a soup would be a fun way to give this blender a whirl. With lots of corn on hand, I decided to make corn chowder. And for something extra, I threw in some bacon. (Let’s be honest, bacon is always in season.)
Since I’m new to the chowder making business, I found this recipe from Cooking Classy to get me started. Thanks, Jaclyn!
I’ve already admitted here on IBC that I’m not a huge fan of soup. (Chicken noodle soup is probably one of my least favorite things.) However, if it’s a creamy soup, chowder, or chili, you can count me in. I’m happy to report this recipe did not disappoint my picky-soup-pallette.
Everything comes together pretty quickly in a large pot. The recipe starts with lots of bacon. This nicely balances the sweetness of the corn and the little squirt of honey at the end.
To make this soup extra thick and creamy, I pureed about three cups of the chowder and then added it back in. The blender went through it effortlessly, bacon and all.
Garnished with some cheddar cheese, chives, and more bacon, this chowder is a winner. Another delicious way for me to up my corn intake this summer. Yum!
Let me share the recipe with you. Then I’ll give you all of the details on how you can enter to win your very own KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent Blender!
Here's what you will need:
8 ears of corn, husked, and kernels cut from the cob
3 tablespoons butter
6 slices of thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 clove garlic, minced
5 cups chicken stock
1 pound yellow potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup half and half
1 tablespoon honey
Fresh chives, shredded cheddar cheese, and cooked chopped bacon for garnish
Begin by melting the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Then, add the onion and bacon. Cook until the onion is soft, translucent, and beginning to brown around the edges, about 8 - 10 minutes.
Add the flour and garlic; then cook for an additional minute.
Next, slowly whisk in the chicken stock. Bring to a boil while continuing to stir. Then, add the potatoes and corn kernels. Season with thyme and bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a light boil; then reduce the heat and allow to summer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender (about 20 minutes).
Once the potatoes are tender, remove the bay leaf. Transfer about 3 cups of the chowder to a blender. Blend until smooth. Stir the pureed chowder back into the pot and add the half and half and the honey. Serve hot, garnished with chives, shredded cheddar cheese, and bacon.
The flavor of this chowder is brilliant. I love the sweetness from the corn and how it works with the savory bacon. I think you’re going to love it, too.
Okay, now let’s talk about this giveaway. Thanks to my friends at KitchenAid, I’m giving away one KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent Blender (in your choice of color) to one IBC reader.
To enter to win, use the entry form below. (Those viewing this on a blog reader may need to visit the actual blog post by clicking HERE. The widget may not appear if you are on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet.) Please allow a few moments for the widget to load.
Simply enter you email address in the widget to be entered to win. Bonus entries are available for following on social media.
This giveaway is available to readers in the United States. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be randomly selected and announced at the top of this post.
As always, I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Happy cooking!