Saturday, September 18, 2010

Grandma's Delish Corn Chowder Recipe

Homemade corn chowder is one of the most delicious foods and tasting it always reminds me of home. I love the milky and salty base along with the texture of pork and corn. My mom makes and grandma made the best corn chowder and when a friend brought me back fresh corn from Wisconsin I knew there was only one thing to do with it: make corn chowder.

First, the Wisconsin corn. Yum-ola! I realize Florida is heavy into agriculture but there’s something about vegetables grown in fertile soil of the North. The corn was incredibly sweet and crisp – absolutely delicious.


Grandma's Delish Corn Chowder Recipe

Second, the recipe. I asked my mom for it and she sent me grandma’s version. Here it is:

Salt Pork (you can use bacon if you would rather)
Onion
Evaporated milk
Potato
Corn
Milk or half and half or cream.

Notice anything missing? Quantities perhaps?

So grandma’s cooking instructions are as follows:
  • Cut salt pork into small pieces - fry till almost crisp and be careful not to burn.
  • Add diced onion toward the end and cook ‘til translucent.
  • Drain some of the grease off if there is a lot. [Note from Mom: I think Grandma liked to keep it all in!]
  • Add a can of evaporated milk, corn, and potatoes which have been diced and cooked ahead of time.
  • Corn can be canned, frozen or fresh cooked and cut off the cob.
  • Heat and add milk. Do NOT boil since the milk will curdle.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
You can add other ingredients if you want such as parsley, grated cheddar, etc. on occasion. You may want to try some other spices, too.


My Corn Chowder Recipe

Hmm. Being one who enjoys cooking but not proficient at it, I did my best to replicate the recipe and importantly, the taste. This is how I made it:

Pound of Peppercorn Bacon (I shopped at Walmart and they didn’t have salt pork)
Medium Onion – Diced
One Can of Evaporated Milk [Note: My Mom told me I should have added two cans because of the amount of milk I used; but it still tastes fantastic with one can and plus, I don’t know what the purpose of evaporated milk is]
Five Medium Red Potatoes – Boiled with Skins then Diced
Four Ears of Fresh Wisconsin Corn
Half Gallon of 2% Milk
One Quart of Half and Half


  • I chopped the bacon into small bits and fried it. Because of the quantity I friend half a pound at a time. When it was about done, add half of the diced onion and cook until the onion is translucent.
  • Pour the bacon, onion and three quarters of the grease into the pot.
  • Add the evaporated milk, corn and potatoes.
  • Heat over medium heat and stir.
  • Once mixture is warm add the milk and Half and Half on low to medium heat until cooked.
Do not boil – it’ll curdle and make you sad you can’t enjoy the incredible chowder.

I didn’t add any salt or pepper because the bacon had enough of both.

I froze much of the chowder and it freezes very well. When ready to eat I completely thawed it in the refrigerator before heating in the microwave in 45 second intervals.

Enjoy!

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