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Recipe of the Week: Fall Squash & Corn Chowder

Posted Dec 18 2008 7:31pm

I was perusing some of my old Bon Appetit magazines the other day and I came across this recipe. I like to save my mags according to the seasons and return to them for ideas when new produce comes into our local farmer's market. This chowder recipe showcases butternut squash and corn so I thought I'd try it with a few of my own twists.

Adapted from Bon Appetit, October 2003 issue

Fall Squash & Corn Chowder


10 slices turkey bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons organic butter
3 medium onions, chopped (I used 2 white & 1 red)
2 chopped bell peppers (red, yellow or green work)
1/4 cup whole flour
9 cups chicken broth
4 cups 1/2-inch cubed, peeled, seeded butternut squash (You can use a whole squash measuring about 1 3/4 pounds or get the prepeeled, seeded & cubed packages of squash in the refrigerator section of Trader Joe's)
4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2 tablespoons oregano (original recipe calls for thyme)
2 16-oz. bags frozen corn or 4 cups fresh corn kernals
1 cup whipping cream
2 chicken breasts, boiled/heated in crockpot & cubed (or you can save time and buy a rotiserrie chicken & shred)
2 cups chopped green onions
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1. Cook bacon pieces in large pot until crisp. (If using regular bacon, pour out some of drippings.)
2. Add butter to pot and melt.
3. Add onions and 1 of chopped bell peppers. Saute until onions and peppers are soft.
4. Add flour; stir 2 minutes.
5. Mix in broth, squash potatoes and oregano; bring to a boil.
6. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered until veggies are tender (approx. 12 minutes).
7. Add corn, cream, remaining bell peppers and simmer additional 10 minutes.
8. Add chicken, 1 cup green onions, 1/2 cup cilantro; Simmer 5 minutes.
9. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
10. Ladle chowder into bowls and garnish with remaining green onions.

Serves 10-12

Side suggestions: Honey Cornbread Muffins

Here's another Fall squash recipe with that comfort food feel...
My friend Allison served this one at a recent dinner and it was a hit. Here's a great way to get your family to eat a hearty vegetarian meal. None of us missed the meat and you can substitute in whatever vegetables you have on hand.
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