Back again to share a meal we made here in Casa de CSTM! Again, no games in this post so if that’s what you were hoping for, sorry.
Smokey Corn Chowder with Shrimp
Recipe from: Bev Cooks
I don’t know if I’ve ever made a chowder. I do enjoy it immensely so even though Merric stuck a rack of ribs into the smoker, I decided to make this anyway. So I guess our full meal is really Ribs and Smokey Corn Chowder.
This recipe was pretty straight forward. Cook this in the pot, cook that in the pot, throw the rest in the pot and simmer. Totally simple.
The “smokey” part of this recipe is just adding some smoked paprika in. That wasn’t enough for me.
I had gotten Merric for our anniversary last month a smoker. Since then he’s been very happy. I hear him rummaging through the freezer and then a gleeful shout “I FOUND A CHICKEN! I’M GOING TO SMOKE IT!”.1 So using the smoker is a big deal right now.
I purposely prepared the the chowder in a cast iron pot so he could toss the whole thing right into the smoker and that is what we did.
Here’s where it gets tricky. I abandoned the recipe at this point and have no clue how to actually smoke chowder2.
Since in the pot was mostly vegetables and broth I wasn’t too concerned about it but Merric kept asking me what temperature and how long. I had no idea. So I told him whatever he was cooking the ribs at was fine and I’ll check it in about an hour. I’m totally making this up as I go but I tried to sound confident.
Here’s the finished dish.
The shrimp didn’t add much in my opinion. Not sure what I was expecting from it. The bacon and the soup itself was delicious. I used a fat-free half and half and I think the result was a slightly less creamy but it was still really good.
I have no idea if putting it the smoker had any affect at all but it was fun.
When I asked the other Hobbits in the household what they thought of the chowder these are their quotes.
Merric: “It was good. I could taste the smoke in it and had a spicy after taste. I don’t think the shrimp fit very well”.
Baby Hobbit: “I think it was like corn pee.” 3