Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cheesy Potato and Corn Chowder

This takes comfort food to a whole new level.  That's what I love about chowder recipes...they're easy, yet incredibly rich and literally the definition of true soul-food.  This is rich, creamy (yet chunky!), cheesy, and full of fabulous flavor.  It's also incredibly perfect for those cold, winter nights.  I wouldn't change anything about this's just too perfect.  The only thing I may experiment with is trying it with different meats, like chicken, ham, or - I think this would taste best - sausage. My family and I gobbled it up and we all agreed that this is one of my best chowder recipes of all time.  I served it with crusty french bread for dipping, and it was a wonderful, southern, comforting meal.

Yield: about 6-8 servings

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion 
2 14.5 ounce cans chicken broth
3 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
1 15-ounce can whole kernel corn
1 15-ounce can creamed corn
1 4-ounce can diced green chiles
1 2.5 ounce package country style gravy mix
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/4 cup shredded, Mexican-style blend cheese
Garnish: crumbled bacon, sliced green onions, and/or extra cheese (optional)


  1. In large saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Add celery and onion; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth; bring to a boil. Add potatoes; cook over low heat for 20 to 25 minutes or until potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in both corn cans and chiles; return to boiling. Combine milk and heavy cream, and dissolve gravy mix in the milk/cream mixture; stir into boiling mixture.  Let simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes. Add cheese; cook and stir over low heat until cheese is melted.  Garnish (if desired) and serve hot.
***If you love spicy, feel free to add some hot sauce to your bowl(:

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