We have a restaurant here in town that has really great corn chowder. It is velvety & has just a little kick from the spice. My husband gets it every time we go to dinner there. Years ago, in an attempt to recreate it, I came up with the original recipe for corn & potato chowder. It was very good. Creamy. Velvety. Sweet. A little spicy. All the things it should have been…but I used conventional creamed corn & dairy.
Why is conventional (non-organic) corn so bad? Conventional corn is one of the biggest GMO crops there is. A company named, Monsanto, has made it so that the corn most people eat isn’t actually food but a chemical concoction of what corn used to be. Here’s a little further GMO eduction for you…did you know that you can not paten food? You can not put a paten on something from nature, something that grows in nature (a plant, animal, etc). If you didn’t create it, you can’t paten it. BUT Monsanto has patented their corn crop/seeds. They have made it illegal for farmers to save seeds & replant the next year claiming paten infringement, meaning farmers have to purchase seeds every single growing season. So what makes this alien crop so different from the corn the good Lord created? RoundUp! Yes, RoundUp! That round up you use to kill weeds in your garden or weeds popping up along your walkway. This company has genetically engineered (GMO- genetically modified organism) the round up chemical into their corn to make their corn pest resistant. If you are looking for a first step into buying organic, buy the organic options for the major GMO crops/products (Non-GMO Project has great information to help). Oddly enough…when I did a search for the list of the GMO crops…Monosanto was the #1 result in the search bar. Hmmmmm! Please don’t fall for their propaganda or their commerical on tv, they are not what they appear to be. Ok….rant over…now onto the recipe.
**If you would like more information on GMO crops & why they are so bad check out the Food Babe- Vani Hari. She has a ton of information on not just GMO but what is hiding in our food. I do caution you though to start slow, it can be incredibly overwhelming to begin looking into food & food production. If you want a better idea on where to start & just want to get your toes wet…watch Food, Inc. That is where I started.
Ok….rant over…now onto the recipe.
This recipe uses just a few ingredients (corn, potatoes, olive oil, & vegetable broth) & a couple of spices (salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, dill) & that is it. It is super simple. Only one pot & a food processor or blender get dirty. Perfect for a cool winter or fall night or that perfect rainy summer night that you just want something comforting. It is creamy, velvety, smooth, & super filling. I absolutely love this recipe.
- 2 tble olive oil
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 20 oz frozen, organic corn
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp dill
- 1 can new potatoes, drained & diced
- 2 tsp honey
- Add olive oil to a large pot, followed by onion, salt, & pepper.
- Sauté for a few minutes until onion just starts to turn translucent (about 3-5 minutes). Add in garlic & stir.
- As soon as you can smell the garlic (about a minute), add corn & stir to combine. (Make sure the garlic doesn’t burn, if the garlic starts to brown, add corn & immediately turn down the heat. Stirring continuously for a few minutes.
- Sauté for about 5 minutes to allow corn to unthaw, add remaining ingredients & allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stirring occasionally to keep it from sticking.
- Remove from heat & add about 1/2 of the mixture to a food processor or blender & blend** until smooth. This is what creates the creaminess of the chowder.
- Add blended mixture back to pot & stir to combine.
- Serve hot.
- **hot liquids expand & steam can cause the lid to shoot out of the blender or processor. Make sure to hold the lid of the processor/blender on with a kitchen towel covering your hand. Very slowly pulse the mixture as the steam releases. After 5-10 pulses, the mixture should be cool enough to blend.