How to Make AJ's Corn Chowder

by AJ Flores


  • 1 cup of butter (or 2 sticks)
  • 3 cups of white or yellow corn kernels
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 1 small celery stalk, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups of Half-and-Half (or heavy cream)
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: diced pancetta
  • Optional: sourdough bread bowl
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Melt the butter in a small saucepan and enjoy. The end. Ha! No, just melt the butter and add a pinch of pepper.

    Step 2

    Add diced carrots, onions, and celery. Give it a stir and take in the aroma.

    Step 3

    Meanwhile, in a large pot add the corn.

    Step 4

    Add pancetta (totally optional but delicious!) Cook and stir for a couple of minutes.

    Step 5

    In the small saucepan, add the flour and make a rue with the carrots, celery, and onions.

    Step 6

    When it starts to brown, add the minced garlic and pepper. Stir and simmer for a couple of minutes.

    Step 7

    Meanwhile, in the large pot with the corn add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.

    Step 8

    Add the rue to the corn and whisk the hell out of it. The goal is to get rid of any lumps. (FYI: the mixture will be thick, but that's OK. The Half-and-Half will fix that.)

    Step 9

    This is the rue with the corn and the start of yummy corn chowder.

    Step 10

    Meanwhile, back in the small saucepan add the Half-and-Half and bring to a boil.

    Step 11

    Stir in the nutmeg.

    Step 12

    Now incorporate the Half-and-Half into the corn and stir it, baby! You should feel the corn chowder get silky and sexy as you stir.

    Step 13

    Add pepper and salt to taste. Stir the corn chowder and bring to a boil. Let it simmer on the stove for a good 20-30 minutes (stirring occasionally) and then serve.

    Step 14

    Chow down and enjoy!

    Step 15

    PS: This is totally optional, but you can serve the corn chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, too.

    Step 16

    Just hollow out the bread bowl and toast it in the oven for a couple of minutes. Pour in the corn chowder and chow down and enjoy!