Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gina's Spicy Corn Chowder


* 4 pieces thick-sliced bacon, chopped
* 1 medium Vidalia onion, finely chopped
* 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1 small jalapeno, chopped seeds and ribs removed
* 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 4 cups chicken stock
* 2 large red potatoes, well scrubbed and small diced
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 16 ounces frozen corn
* 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1 bay leaf


In a small saucepan over medium heat, saute the bacon until crisp and
browned and the fat is rendered. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon
to paper towel and reserve. There should be about 4 tablespoons of
bacon grease in pan.

Add the onions and red pepper to pan. Saute until tender and
translucent, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Add the jalapeno and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in the flour until thoroughly combined. Cook the flour until it
reaches a slight blonde color, about 1 minute. Stir in the chicken
stock and the potatoes and simmer for 10 minutes; potatoes will become
soft. Add the cream, corn, cayenne and bay leaf. Simmer for 15 more
minutes. Pour into a serving bowl and garnish with the reserved bacon.

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