Thursday, May 17, 2012

Crab and Corn Chowder with Bacon and Sautéed Mushrooms

  • 6 ears fresh yellow corn
  • 4 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 7 bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide strips
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only; about 2 medium)
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 3/4 pounds white skinned potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 ounces fresh mushrooms (chanterelle, oyster, etc)
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 pound fresh crab meat
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Cut kernels off corn cobs. Set kernels aside. Combine cobs, broth, and cream in a heavy large saucepan. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add bacon and sauté until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper towel to drain. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons pan drippings; add onion, leeks, celery, and fennel seeds to pot. Sauté until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in potatoes. Discard cobs from cream mixture; strain cream mixture into potato mixture. Simmer until potatoes are almost tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Stir in corn kernels. Simmer chowder until potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes longer.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in sherry and thyme. Add mushroom mixture to chowder. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Sauté crab meat in the same skillet over medium-low heat just until heated through, about 3 minutes. Divide crab meat, reserved bacon, and parsley among bowls. Ladle chowder over and serve.
Make 6 to 8 servings 
Recipe was taken from Bon Appetite magazine January 2003 edition


  1. Love this chowder, seems like the rainy weather is cooperating too. Let's have fun indoors. The kitchen needs to be warmed up anyway ;)

  2. this sounds like a delicious chowder, well done!