Monday, October 24, 2011

Crab and Corn Chowder

corn and crab chowderOur Share of the Harvest is lucky enough to live in my home state of Maryland. And I am positive her soup with Maryland corn trumps whatever soup I made with Texas corn. I miss Maryland corn. When I first read her recipe, I knew I wanted to add crabmeat to it and change the jalapeno to Old Bay. To make it "more Maryland" and "less Texas." And it totally worked. And if you are a true Marylander like me, sprinkle more Old Bay on top before serving.  The chowder was so rich and the crabmeat put it over the top.  I wish I could transport myself to Maryland in August and make it there with all local ingredients.  I cannot imagine how good the soup would be then.
Crab and Corn Chowder

6 bacon slices
1 medium-size green bell pepper, diced
½ medium onion, diced
4 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Old Bay
3 cups fresh corn kernels (6 ears)
½ pound lump crabmeat, picked free of shells
1 cup half and half
¼ teaspoon pepper

Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in Dutch oven. Crumble bacon and set aside. Sauté bell pepper and onions in hot drippings 5 to 6 minutes or until tender. Whisk together broth, flour and Old Bay until smooth. Add broth mixture to the pot. Stir in corn. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Stir in next 3 ingredients; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve warm with crumbled bacon.
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Nicole, RD said...

This looks fantastic! I have some crab meat I need to use, too!

Christine said...

This has to be one of my favorite things to eat and this recipe looks terrific.

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

So good! Love a good crab chowder esp if it includes bacon (I'm an east coaster, VA though :) )!

AppleTreesRTall said...

Looks great! I just made a shrimp and corn bisque, but I really need a tasty chowder right about now!

Laura said...

This looks perfect! Enjoying the last of the good corn while I can. Great link too, I bookmarked her. Always fun to find a fellow Maryland gal here on the interwebs! :)

Southern Pink Lemonade said...

This looks amazing! I’ve been on a soup kick lately and this was just added to the top of my list :)

Erin Stomber said...

This soup looks great!

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Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious said...

Katie, this soup looks fantastic, thanks for sharing!

Lindsey said...

You're a better Maryland girl than I am!! I gotta make this again and put the crab in it. Incidentally, I taste-tested a batch I froze and it was just as good as when I made it--I'm going to have to make a big batch with the crab addition next summer and freeze it to last all winter.

Kristin said...

This looks great!! I love crab chowder, so we will be trying this SOON!! Found you through Kelly's Korner.

Anonymous said...

Yum, as a DC native I SO miss Maryland crabs! Def going to try this one, thanks for sharing!

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