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Monday, 19 November 2012

Sweetcorn Chowder for No Croutons required

It's Lisa's turn to host 'No Croutons Required' this month: "As the winter holidays are soon upon us, this month I want you to come up with a vegetarian soup or salad that you would serve as part of a special holiday meal. It can be simple or elaborate - the choice is up to you." 

We had a family party yesterday, it's usually a pre-Christmas party, but the weather has prevented us from holding it a couple of times, so we decided to bring it forward.  The soup I made for this celebratory meal was a Sweetcorn Chowder, it was easy to make and lovely and creamy, the herby cheese really adds to the flavour and I had lots of positive comments from my guests.

Sweetcorn Chowder (serves 8)

4 shallots, finely chopped
2tbsp olive oil
400g (14oz) potatoes, peeled
50g (2oz) flour
350g frozen sweetcorn
900ml (1 1/2pt) vegetable stock
2 bay leaf
400ml (7fl oz) milk
50g Boursin (herb) cheese
bunch flat leaf parsley

1. Sauté the shallots in the olive oil gently for 4 minutes, making sure they don't colour. Cut the potatoes into small cubes. Add to the shallots and cook for a further 2 minutes.
2. Remove from the heat and add the flour, mixing well.
3. Add the frozen sweetcorn to the pan along with the stock and bay leaves. Mix well, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Add a little of the milk to the Boursin cheese to slacken it, mix into the rest of the milk then add to the soup and bring to the boil again and serve topped with finely chopped parsley.

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At 19 November 2012 at 22:14 , Blogger Unknown said...

I adore sweetcorn chowder but never seem to remember to make it!... I may put an alarm on this post to remind me over the Christmas period... gorgeous recipe x

At 20 November 2012 at 19:05 , Blogger Susan said...

I love chowder of any kind, there is something so nice about it and it reminds me of trips to the US as I always eat it there. Like Dom though have never made it, so must rectify that. x

At 20 November 2012 at 21:42 , Anonymous laura@howtocookgoodfood said...

I have always loved a good chowder so this is a recipe I will definitely be making. Haven't made it in ages but do love it. So thanks for reminding me!

At 22 November 2012 at 16:47 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

I am a BIG lover of sweetcorn in thick soups such as chowder and that looks VERY good, perfect for cold winter days! Karen


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