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A Year of Slow Cooking

Monday, January 7, 2008

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder Recipe

Day 7.

crockpot corn chowder
Wow. This is a total keeper recipe. It is creamy, nutritious, light and healthy all at the same time.

I used a recipe found on page 193 of

The weird thing though, is that it was a recipe in a slow cooker book and you are supposed to make it on the stove-top, using the "master chicken broth" recipe from the book. I cooked it all the way in the slow cooker, so, technically it's my recipe. Or at least that's my story for when I get sued.


don't sue me.

I don't have any money.

The Ingredients:

--2 quarts of chicken broth
--1 small onion
--1 red pepper
--1 peeled and chopped carrot (I used a handful of baby carrots)
--2 (16-ounce) bags frozen corn (I used Trader Joe's roasted corn, which I highly recommend---the flavor is smoky and wonderful without any added salt)
--2 medium potatoes (I used 6 mini white potatoes)


Finely chop the onion and brown in a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan. You want the onion to be cooked, but not totally translucent since it will continue to cook in the slow cooker.

Finely chop the carrots and the red pepper. I used my pampered chef chopper. I love that thing.

Wash and coarsely chop the potato(es). I kept the skin on---it's up to you.

Dump all the veggies into the stoneware.

Add the bags of frozen corn.

Empty both cartons of chicken broth (2 quarts; 8 cups) on top.

Plug in your slow cooker and set on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-9 hours.

This is the tricky and totally fun part:

Use a hand blender to chowderify.

If you don't have a hand blender (you really should get one...) you can-- VERY CAREFULLY because OMG it is HOT. HOT!!!! See the Ove Glove?!-- pour into a blender and pulse to desired consistency. I left some chunks of corn and a few veggies, but tried to get rid of most of the potatoes.
The kids ate it! My parents came for dinner and they enjoyed it, also.
And, since it's pretty much straight corn, I'm, um, feeling very clean and light. 

An added bonus.
other recipes to try:
corn risotto
creamed corn
corn on the cob
sweet potato soup
cream of asparagus soup
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B said...

Looks really good. My partner will not touch corn chowder, so I miss making it. Maybe I'll make it for a potluck?

Jenny said...

Yay for the corn cleanse!

Anu said...

For sometime now I was toying with the idea of getting a crockpot. I didn't have much ideas for recipes (we are vegetarians and it is difficult to find vegetarian recipes on the net!).

I will buy one soon however and try out variations of your recipes.

Here's wishing you luck to keep up your resolution!

Damsel said...

Found you by blog-surfing! I'm SO adding you to my reader... I pink puffy heart my crock-pot, and I just got a new one for Christmas - it's one of those jobbies that goes to "warm" after whatever amount of time my pretty little self desires. :)

I'm always on the lookout for new recipes!

Crockpot Lady said...

thanks, damsel!

Anu, I have only had experience with Rival crockpots. I have owned four so far. The first one I got during college was a 4 qt round with a plastic top that my mom still has and I have a 1 1/2 qt mini with a plastic lid. My current one is a 5qt oval with a glass lid that I adore and it comes with a handy-dandy carrying case for potlucks, etc.

I did own a round 5qt Rival we received as a wedding present that died after about 6 yrs of faithful use.


Stacy said...

That looks so yummy! I found you through Today's Creative Blog. I have post recipes on Friday's on my blog, and have a few crockpot recipes, too. I love my crockpot! Actually, I have one set to post this Friday...Cabbage Rolls. YUM! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Crockpot Lady said...

cabbage rolls! I'd love the recipe. I've never cooked with cabbage other than the soup from the cabbage soup diet. (made in the crockpot, btw. ;-0 )

Jen r. said...

Saw you on TCB> great post and I love your sense of humor. I'll be back for more!

Amie said...

LOL, great post. I'm loving your daily posts. I'm crockpot-retarded right now, so I'm hoping your site will give me a boost. =)

wyndesnow said...

I absolutely love my crockpot and really should use it more often than I do. I am going keep checking to see what you are making. I am going to try the corn chowder tonight!!! Needed something for dinner and I have all ingredients on hand.

Elaine said...

hey, for those of us picking up our frozen corn at Costco, how many ounces are we talking about here?

Crockpot Lady said...

dude. I threw the bags away. I am guessing that a normal bag of veggies is 16 oz, and I used two.
hope that helps some!

Trish said...

If it wasn't for my Crock Pot, I would be locked up in a padded cell, seriously! So glad I found you via Today's Creative Blog. I am definitely adding you to my list of daily reads! Gonna make the Corn Chowder tonight, and thanks for a reason to stop by Trader Joe's -- I didn't even know they sold roasted corn!!!

Trish said...

I made this today and it was deeeelicious!!!!! Thanks!

CH Mom said...

I am trying tons of your recipes lately since I love using my crockpot. I have a new crockpot, ok "slow cooker", that has 3 different size inserts, to use depending on the quantity of food you are making. It is the BEST and has made all the difference in the world in terms of how my crockpot dishes turn out. Anyway, I tried the corn chowder the other day and it was quite good. I ended up having to add a bit more salt (as much as I didn't want to...) to make it taste more flavorful. But I really liked using the Trader Joe's roasted corn. Couldn't get the kids to eat it, though. Oh well, gotta keep offering them good stuff and one of these days they'll catch on. Bought all the ingredients for the Pomegranate Beef and will be making that later today (sounds delicious). Thanks for the great recipes!

Crockpot Lady said...

Trish, I'm so glad that you liked this--it was one of our favorites.

CH, a big yes! on how good the roasted corn is, and how it makes all the difference in the world in this recipe. Don't worry about the salt---a little bit is better than a whole bunch.
I'd love to hear how the pomegranate beef turns out for you.


crazyme said...

Just wanted to point out that I found this under vegetarian recipes, and the first ingredient is 2 quarts dead chicken broth. Hahahahahaha. Ok well I found if funny anyway. I'm not really a vegetarian though. I love me some dead chicken. :D However, there are vegetarians afoot, so I substituted vegetable broth, and it was fine. I don't have a Trader Joe's here, I am so jealous.

Crockpot Lady said...

bwhahahhaha! thanks, crazyme!

vegetarians: don't use chicken broth.



Laurie said...

I made this chowder yesterday - we LOVED it!!
I didn't have a red pepper, but did have a few slices of cooked bacon in the fridge - they are both red (kinda) right?
Next time I might add a bit of salt - but not much.

Megan said...

Hi Steph - I found your website in November I think, but I hadn't made any of your recipes until yesterday. I made this yesterday. I did however change it all up. I didn't have the time to go to Trader Joe's but I did have some canned corn. So i used canned corn, vegetable broth - I didn't have quite enough so I added a little skim milk in, I also added a stalk of celery some thyme and some salt and pepper - since I didn't use as much vegetable broth. It was excellent!

Footnotegirl said...

Hey, as a librarian, I thought I'd come in and sooth your worries (and readers worries) about copyright (no doubt since you're being published, yay! you know this anyway by now). Recipes are considered to be 'instructions' or 'equations' and as such cannot be copyrighted. The color commentary and the whole collection can be copyrighted, but a single recipe consisting of a list of ingredients and the cooking directions is safe and sound.

Anonymous said...

What a great recipe -- and it is easy to make. Like that it is vegetarian and that you kept the skin on the potatoes. Adds a lot! Thanks.

Jodie Cox said...

Hey, Stephanie!
I was searching the web for a chicken corn chowder recipe and ended up on your page.
Just wanted to let you know I loved your bog! You had me LMAO! I enjoyed it so much I added you to my Yahoo rss and I plan to try the recipe. Thanks so much!

tydwbleach said...

I was wondering if you could add chicken to this and if so how? I was thinking of browning some breasts in a pan on the stove first and then adding them to the soup after blending.

tydwbleach said...

Ok so I tried it and it was okay but then after pureeing it? I found it kind of too light or something. Like not enough texture. SO I added a few more potatoes some extra corn and a pound of chopped Kielbasa and a little garlic. That added some zip. Gonna try the new version tonight for dinner. ! LOVE your BLOG!!!

Jamie said...

HI Steph... I am making this for a "soup party" tomorrow night- 6 women and 6 different soups to share! Should be fun! I am wondering, though, what that little biscuit is that you photographed next to the chowder?? I'd like to bring something with the chowder- always aiming to be the overachiever! Thanks.

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Jamie!
The little bisquit is from a batch of drop bisquits from the back of the Pamela's GLuten Free Baking Mix bag. If you aren't gluten free, I'd do Bisquick drop bisquits, or some of those Pillsbury ones in the tube.

xoxo steph

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the corn chowder recipe. I am going to try to make it right now. I just started my own blog ( and will use it to tell of my crock pot adventure. Do you mind if I include your blog address?

Brenda said...

This was wonderful! I only did a few tweaks: I blended 1/2 the frozen corn, the red bell pepper, the carrot and three potatoes in my Kitchen Aid with the chicken broth before adding it to the crockpot. This way I wouldn't have to blend the hot soup. I also added diced, cooked chicken and one can of evaporated milk during the last hour of cooking. Thank you for these great recipes and feedback!

Brenda said...

Kitchen Aid...ha! I meant my VitaMix Blender. (so many to choose from)

Jill said...

I love corn chowder. I will try this recipe.

ArmyMama said...

I will most DEFINITELY be making this this next week!
We have tons of fresh ears of corn from our CSA share that I really have to use up!

Sherry H. said...

Bless you for this amazing recipe!! Im going to try it today! sounds delish. ps. thank you for bringing some well needed humor to my day, this morning!! :)

Jennifer Swedlund said...

I am also in love with my hand blender.

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