Thursday, August 10, 2017

Flavors of Summer

This week I made one of our forgotten favorites and Kent was so happy. 

I can't really remember the last time I made this soup but it's so delicious and light and all the good summer flavors are involved. I mean if the stars are fresh corn and lump crab, how bad could it be?
I'll put the recipe all together for ease of making at the end, but here's how the process looks.


Cut the corn off 6 ears of corn and reserve 3 (naked) cobs for later.




Chop all the veggies in small dice.



Brown 3 slices of bacon in pot and remove leaving grease in pot.


Add butter and corn meal


Let cook, while stirring for 1 minute.


Stir in corn and diced veggies and saute for 2 minutes.


I think this is an "old timey" kitchen tool. Do you have one? I figure some of you younger girls may not own one. My mom always had one in our kitchen drawer and I keep one in mine. It's so much easier to put a couple of holes in a can of broth or evaporated milk and pour it vs. opening the top of the can with a can opener. (just be sure you put two holes so the can can "breathe")





Stir in 3 cans of chicken broth and add the 3 corn cobs. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.


Remove corn cobs and add crab, cream and half and half.




Cook until crab and creams are heated through.


Garnish with chopped cilantro.


This is really delicious with a Mexican corn muffin of some kind but we wanted to forgo the extra calories. This soup is actually light and healthy. The recipe calls for heavy cream, but I use half heavy cream and half fat free half and half.

Corn and Crab Chowder

3 strips of bacon, chopped
2 T. butter
1/4 c. cornmeal
2 ribs of celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
6 corn cobs with the corn taken off, reserving 3 cobs
3 cans chicken broth
1 pound lump crabmeat
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup fat free half and half (or use regular or all heavy cream)
cilantro
salt and pepper

Brown the bacon in a large stockpot and remove the bacon leaving the grease in the pot. Reserve bacon for garnish.

Add butter to bacon grease and stir in cornmeal. Stir constantly with a whisk for 1 minute. Add remaining chopped veggies (corn, onion, pepper, jalapeno, celery) and saute for 2 minutes. 

Add broth and corncobs, bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. Remove cobs and stir in crab, cream and half and half. Season with salt and pepper and let crab and creams heat through.

Garnish with cilantro and remaining bacon.

Let me know if you try it and like it. 

Lisa
XOXO
❤️

I'm linking up with my friend Allie, so pop over to her blog and find some new recipes to try.



20 comments :

  1. "Forgotten Favorite" I love that and I'm sure Kent was very happy! I wish My man enjoyed dishes like this, but.... ya know! He's a meat and potatoes linda guy! Bless his heart! Looks DELISH!

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    1. Well I assure you, Kent likes plenty of meat and potatoes too, but he's a fan of any and all food. This would be a great girls night dinner😉 if you ever wanted to do a meal instead of appetizers...although why would you do that? Apps and dessert are my fav meal!!! Happy Friday blondie!😘

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  2. Lisa, this is right up my alley! I will be using this recipe in the Fall, for sure. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Your welcome and thanks for stopping by. I know, it seems weird to think of soup in the summer, but I just love the summer flavors in this. It will be delightful in the fall...I'll have to make it again. You can use frozen corn...just save some cobs and freeze them. (I should have done that with my x-tras, darn it!)

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  3. My family loves soup! Can't wait to try it!!

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    1. YAY!!! I hope they love it as much as we do! Thanks for reading and commenting. XO

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  4. I LOVE corn- this sounds so yummy! I need that kind of can opener- I have to replace my crummy Kitchen Aid one from TJ's every year! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. This will be right up your alley!!! I don't even know where I got that can opener...Kent may have had it when we got married...LOL

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  5. Mmmmmmmmmmmm...I need to make this and another frozen lemonade pie this weekend. Looks delicious!!! And then I need to run a marathon to burn off the calories, lol! I love your recipe posts, you do such a nice job. Love the old timey kitchen tool, I have one - hahaha!!!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Oh thanks Kellyann! I don't know if they even sell those things now. Kent may have had that when we got married...LOL
      Happy Friday Eve!!!!

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  6. I was literally searching Pinterest today looking for a crab soup recipe to add to my repertoire! I'm going to give this a shot!

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    1. Well that's what I'd call perfect timing!!! YAY! I hope y'all like it. You'll have to let me know. Have a marvelous weekend!

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  7. Lisa, this looks delicious and I love crab and I love sweetcorn, so what's a girl to do?! I'm getting crab next week for my granddaughter so will definitely have a go at this, thanks for sharing, x.

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    1. Oh I'm so excited you are going to try it. I hope y'all like it as much as we do. I feel like soup in summer is kinda weird, but these are such great summer flavors. Have a wonderful weekend! XO

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  8. Keith would totally think this was the greatest thing ever!

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    1. It seems so weird to have soup in summer, but these are the best summer flavors together. Enjoy your evening!

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  9. Interesting!! So you put the 3 naked corn cobs in while its simmering for more flavor? I think my mom has one of those puncture things for cans, she keeps EVERYTHING so I am sure she has had it forever. I wouldn't have thought to put the second hole in for it to breath. We just got a ton of corn from the market last week, I should make this SOON!!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Hi Carrie! Yes, it seems weird, but it's what the original recipe called for and so I just do it. I'm guessing maybe it gets all the "milk" out of the cob. That can opener/puncher is definitely an old tool. The extra hole is something I learned from my mom❤️

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  10. This looks delicious!! We're not big pepper and onion people, I wonder if I could cut that in half and it still be awesome?!

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    1. Thanks Trista! I think you could absolutely cut those in half. The flavors are so mild after cooking though you don't even pick them out if you want to try it. Hope you've had a great weekend!

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