Corn Chowder recommendations?
One of my favorite things about summer is fresh corn and one of my favorite iterations of it is corn chowder. I wanted to see if people had any recommendations for Boston area spots with delicious corn chowder (and preferably not just a clam or chicken version where the corn plays second fiddle).
Thanks so much for any suggestions!
Don't know Boston restos but I can give you a recipe if you like. I've been using this recipe for decades but we wait for the cooler months when something really hardy is welcome. With some great bread and a salad it's dinner.
Substitute fresh corn at will but the creamed corn gives the base a velvety richness.
Yield: about 2 quarts
• 8 ounces bacon, diced (Trader Joe's puts bacon in 12-ounce packages so I use that)
• 2 onions, chopped
• 1/2 cup celery (with leaves), chopped
• 1 bay leaf, crumbed
• 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
• 4 cups water
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3 cups waxy, thin-skinned potato, diced but no need to peel them
• 2 14.75-ounce cans creamed corn
• 1 11-ounce can niblets corn, with its liquid
• 2 cups evaporated milk, (one 12-ounce can will do just as well)
• salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• parsley, chopped
1. In a large kettle sauté bacon bits until browned and crisp pouring off fat as necessary and reserving 3 tablespoons. Remove cooked bacon from pan and put on paper to drain.
2. Return bacon fat to the pan and use it to sweat the onions, celery and bay leaf. Add flour and stir to coat the veggies. Add the water, potatoes, salt and half the bacon to the pot. Bring to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes until potatoes are tender.
3. Add corn, evaporated milk and all but a few tablespoons of bacon. Taste to correct seasoning and simmer until well heated.
4. At this point you can stir in the parsley, ladle into bowls and top with a sprinkling of paprika and crumble on bits of bacon to serve. Or you can put the chowder in the fridge overnight to deepen the flavors. When you are ready to serve it, bring it up to well heated and continue as before.
An alligator chopper that makes quick little uniform cubes of the onions and potatoes and really speeds the preparation of this one!
If you can wait, serve it the second day. It will be even thicker and richer.