Monday, October 11, 2010

Tasty Tuesday--Chowder

When I made this tasty chowder for dinner last week, it was a huge success. I served it alone, but pairing it with biscuits (maybe garlic or cheese) would be fabulous. It was found in the August 2010 Cooking Light magazine, where they suggest eating it with corn muffins. Either way, the chowder is bound to be a hit at your house.

Spicy Corn and Crab Chowder
Ingredients1 medium poblano chile
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (16-ounce) package frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 cup half-and-half, divided
1 (8-ounce) russet potato, peeled and chopped
2 cups water
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1 (8-ounce) container crab claw meat, shell pieces removed

Serves 4; 375 calories

Preparation1. Preheat broiler.
2. Place poblano on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 8 minutes on each side or until blackened. Place pepper in a small zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and chop. -or- If you have a gas stove, char the poblano over the open flame, turning it until the whole pepper is blackened. Then place in plastic bag.
3. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and next 3 ingredients (through red pepper) to pan; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add corn; sauté 2 minutes. Remove 3/4 cup corn mixture from pan. Combine 3/4 cup corn mixture and 3/4 cup half-and-half in a blender; process until smooth. Add potato to pan; sauté 1 minute. Stir in 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Cook 4 minutes or until potato is almost tender. Reduce heat to medium.
4. Combine remaining 1/4 cup half-and-half and flour in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Add flour mixture to pan. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Return corn puree to pan. Stir in poblano, milk, and crab; bring to a simmer. Cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently.



  1. That sounds yummy! But I may have to omit the chile.

  2. Yum! This is going onto my list of recipes to try! Thanks!