CORN CHOWDER WITH APPLEWOOD SMOKED BACON
Yield: 4 servings
1 poblano chile
4 slices applewood-smoked bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
3 1/2 cups white or yellow corn kernels (about 4 ears) or 16 ounces frozen corn
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
1/2 pound new potatoes, diced
Salt and pepper
Char the chile over a gas flame or under a broiler until it is blackened and charred on all sides. Transfer the chile to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow it to steam while cooling. Peel, seed, stem, and dice the chile. (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Cook the bacon in a heavy, large saucepan over medium heat until it is almost crisp and the fat is renedred, about 7 minutes. Pour off some of the fat (leaving about 1 tablespoon) and add the onion. Cover and cook until the onion is tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, oregano, and then the corn. Add the broth, milk, and potatoes, and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the poblano chile and simmer for 5 minutes to blend the flavors. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.
(From Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes: Recipes from a Modern Kitchen Garden by Jeanne Kelley, p. 62)
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