Corn Chowder is something I have been wanting to try for a while. Living in New England Clam Chowder is a staple and I have never been a lover of seafood. I can see why folks love it, though. There is nothing like the smell of a steaming hot bowl of chowder on a cold New England day. My husband loves chowder and sometimes when he orders it I will steal a piece of bread and dip it in the broth. I have been on a quest to find a recipe that had the same creamy goodness that I had seen in umpteen bowls of chowder, sans clams. I have looked at a million chowder recipes ( slight exaggeration) and I put together this version of corn chowder that has the same thick, velvety broth, but without the clams.
Hearty Slow Cooker Corn Chowder
This is so filling that you could have it as a main course. It is chock full of potatoes and sweet corn and the broth is rich and hearty. I am a real fan of potatoes, they are one of the most satiating foods and they are full of fiber, iron and vitamin C! This corn chowder is a great place to sneak in some healthy herbs and spices as well. In this recipe for example, I call for the garlic to be minced and the onion to be finely chopped. This helps to make them not be stars of the corn chowder show, and it always made it easier for me to get my boys to eat them.
Making the corn chowder in the slow cooker makes it super simple and you have time to fry up the bacon. I like to use uncured bacon because it doesn’t have added nitrates. I will sometimes make the bacon way ahead because it doesn’t need to be hot, it is just being used as a garnish. Leaving bacon unattended in my house is asking for it to be gone when I go to use it. What I like to do is add whatever bacon is leftover, once everyone has had their fill of corn chowder, to the corn chowder itself. This is also nice when you freeze the leftovers because it is like a little bacon surprise that you have waiting for you.
Meal Planning: Save Some in the Freezer!
If you decide to freeze the leftovers try freezing it in individual containers. I use freezer safe containers and label all the chowder. This way, if I am running late one night, my meal needs a little something extra or if I just want some comfort food on a cold night, I can defrost single containers of corn chowder really quickly, and enjoy it without too much fuss.
Not sure what to bring to work for lunch? I have also been known to grab a single serve container of corn chowder for my lunch. I can stick a container of corn chowder right in my lunch bag and it’s defrosted by lunch time and I just pop it in the microwave. If you try to think ahead and prep some meals with your leftovers you are going to save time and money. Not to mention a nourishing meal that is already been prepared. I love having real unprocessed food that I can grab on the go, instead of last minute options that aren’t nearly as healthy.
Hearty Slow Cooker Corn Chowder
- 6 medium potatoes peeled and chopped
- 16 ounces super sweet white corn frozen
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1.5 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp sage
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp chive dried
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 package uncured bacon ( I used Dartagnan) crispy
- Place all ingredients into the slow cooker, except the cream and the bacon, and stir until mixed well.
- Cover and cook chowder on low for approximately 6 hours or until the potatoes are fork tender.
- While the chowder cooks, fry the bacon until crispy and pat with papertowel to remove excess grease. Chop and set aside.
- Add the cream to the corn chowder and continue to cook for about 30 more minutes.
- Serve topped with bacon.