Roasted Corn and Chili Pepper Chowder

If you love chowders you are going to love this dish. It will also make vegetarians happy as well. I stumbled upon this recipe by accident while cooking for volunteers at work and I had to use what was around.

It turned out to be a hit so here is my refined version from an improved dish. This is what cooking is about, once you learn the basics you are able to utilize what’s at hand and create wonderful dishes, sometimes by accident.

  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 12oz can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of milk (preferably soy)
  • 3/4 cup of finely crushed saltine crackers
  • 1 whole roasted corn
  • ½ of a roasted Anaheim (or hatch) chili pepper
  • 2 small roasted red potatoes
  • ¼ cup of diced onions
  • ¼ cup of thinly sliced celery
  • ¼ of cooked bacon (optional)

Start off by roasting your potatoes, then the corn and chili pepper on the grill. If you do not have a grill you can skip this method. You want to just char the outside of the vegetables a bit, which will add flavor to the chowder. It will finish cooking in the chowder. Wrap the vegetables in foil, and let set for about 5 minutes.

Take approximately half a pack of saltine crackers and put them in a blender and blend until it becomes almost like a powder, and set aside.

On medium heat, in a pot sauté the onions and celery until they are almost tender.

Add the evaporated milk and soy milk to the pot, followed by the vegetable bouillon cube. Give it a stir.

Chop the potatoes and chili pepper into small bit size pieces and cut the corn from the cob. Then add to the pot and mix thoroughly.

Add the crackers to the pot and stir slowly. Stir occasionally to avoid it sticking/ burning the bottom of the pot.

Once it starts to bubble it’s just about ready. Let it set for about 5 minutes to thicken.

If you like to add bacon and you are eating with a vegetarian or a non-pork eater add it to your bowl otherwise add the crushed bacon to the pot after you have cooked it.

1 comment:

Andy Paladino said...

Nice watermarks on the pics!