Sweet Corn = Summer Sunshine! Easy, Delicious, and Fresh – How to Cook Fresh Sweet Corn and Recipe for Corn Chowder!

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What do you think of when you think of sweet corn?  Corn on the cob is a huge part of our summer menus.  It’s so easy to cook and makes any meal a summer feast!  If you are serving hamburgers or hot dogs… “yawn” add corn on the cob?  You’ve got a summer celebration!

How do you cook your sweet corn?  If it’s just the three of us, we wrap our cleaned (husk and silk off) corn in a damp paper towel and microwave.  Depending on the strength of your microwave, it should take 3-5 minutes.  That steams the corn and it comes out still firm, but tender.  Delicious and easy!  If we have a big crowd, like we did on Memorial Day, we boil it in a giant pot.  It’s always one of the most popular dishes when we entertain.

Today, I tried corn chowder for the first time.  I’ve had it in restaurants and love it, but I’ve never tried it at home before.  It was surprisingly easy, and wow, delicious.  The recipe is from Sunshine Sweet Corn.  It’s a great website for info about corn, recipes, and cooking tips.

Classic Fresh Corn Chowder

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large ears supersweet Corn
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-¼ cups diced onion
  • 2/3 cup diced celery
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cans (13-¾ ounces each) ready-to-serve lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup half and half

Cut corn kernels off cobs (makes about 2 cups)*; set aside kernels and cobs.  In a large saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter.

Add onion and celery; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic; cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds.  Stir in broth and the cobs; cover and simmer for 8 minutes.

Add corn kernels; cook until tender, about 2 minutes.  With tongs, remove cobs from saucepan and discard. In a cup, combine flour with half and half.  Slowly stir into the saucepan; bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute.  Remove about 2 cups of the mixture.

In an electric blender, whirl about 2 cups of the mixture until almost smooth; return to saucepan; heat until hot.

Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley or celery leaves and hot red pepper sauce, if desired.

YIELD: 4 portions

* Tip for removing corn kernels: Break corn ears in halves. Place flat end on a cutting surface; with a sharp knife, cut downward.  Turn ears and repeat.  Here’s a great video on how to remove kernels from the cob:

In addition to being delicious, corn is a healthy food.  Here are just two of the health benefits:

  • Fresh sweet corn is a great source of fiber
  • Sweet corn is one of the very best dietary sources of two antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin that help promote healthy vision and protect eyes. Besides protecting against cataracts and chronic eye disease, lutein may help prevent hardening of the arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Although corn is a great summer treat, it’s available year round!  Learn more about Sunshine Sweet Corn at their website.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting, http://www.momcentral.com/mcc, on behalf of Sunshine Sweet Corn. I was reimbursed to purchase Sweet Corn and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

photo by: fishhawk

Comments

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    —Mmmmmm, this looks incredible.

    When I think of Sweet Corn, I think of Summer. X