Sweet Corn and Vegetable Chowder

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This Sweet Corn and Vegetable Chowder took a while to make, but it was delicious and worth the time. The amount of leftovers you have after can last you majority of the week. Or a few days if you are feeding two or more.

I found the recipe on Pinterest, but the blog where it is from is called “the dinnervine.” Their recipes all look delicious.

I followed the recipe for the most part, but I omitted the cheese and used unsweetened almond milk to make it dairy free. I saw some tips from famous food bloggers today, and they suggested using cashew cream. This is made by soaking 1 cup of raw cashews in water for 6-8 hours, draining and rinsing them, and then blending them with 3/4 cup of water until smooth. Definitely trying that next time for the half and half.

I also used Yukon Gold potatoes from the farmer’s market because they contain more nutrients than white baking potatoes. In the pictures you will see red corn that I actually got for FREE from Earth Fare because they had to pull it off the shelves after so many days and it was still perfectly fine. It’s sad to think about how much food we waste because of expiration dates which are actually just an estimate.

Sweet Corn and Vegetable Chowder
Adapted from: the dinnervine

Ingredients:
7 ears fresh white corn, kernels cut off cobs
5 yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped into small cubes
1/2 large sweet white onion, chopped finely
1 large carrot, chopped finely (or 2 small carrots depending)
4 large cloves garlic, chopped
1, 32 oz carton free-range chicken stock
3 T dairy-free, soy-free butter
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (plain, not vanilla)
2 tbsp gluten free flour (optional, but I used to thicken soup)
5 strips bacon (or turkey bacon), for crisping, topping and reserving drippings
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped smaller
fresh thyme sprigs for garnish & sautéing
1-2 tsp kosher salt (to taste)
1-2 tsp coarse ground black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp red wine vinegar

Directions:
1. Cut corn kernels off cobs, set aside.
2. Preheat a large dutch oven, or enameled cast iron soup pot, melt 1T of the butter and crisp all 5 strips of bacon, chopped.
3. Once bacon is crisp, remove from pot & drain on paper towels, setting aside for garnish.
4. Reserving bacon drippings, to pot add chopped potato and sauté on medium for about 6 min, stirring often.
5. To pot now add onion, garlic, carrot, salt, pepper, and remaining 2 T butter.
6. Sauté mix adding 1/2 cup of the chicken stock carton and a few thyme sprigs (will remove later), for about 10-15 minutes.
7. Once mixture is tender, remove thyme sprigs, add the corn kernels, chopped thyme, paprika, bay leaf rest of chicken stock and bring to a slow boil with lid on.
8. Once beginning to boil, remove lid and reduce heat to low, continue to simmer for about 10 minutes.
9.  Add white time and remove the bay leaf.
10. Remove hot pot from heat and allow to cool substantially**, then slowly add some of the almond milk and around a tablespoon of gluten free flour, return pot to low heat, stirring well (Soup will begin to thicken).

11. Gradually add more almond milk, a tbsp of gluten-free flour, salt & pepper as desired.
12. Add the red wine vinegar if you feel a little acid is necessary; I did and it worked well!
13. Continue to simmer on low until ready to serve & eat!**
14. Garnish with bacon and fresh thyme sprig.

** I noticed that the almond milk dramatically reduced the temperature of the soup, so you might not want to wait for it to get too cool because it will take a while to heat back up. You also might have to turn it up to medium or medium-low to heat back up.

Enjoy!!