2008-09-09

Roasted Corn Chowder with Lime

Roasted Corn Chowder Recipe with Lime and Cilantro


Roasted Corn Chowder with Lime, anyone?

A young rattlesnake curled on a flat warm stone by the laundry room door yesterday. So easy to miss, I almost walked right by him as I carried a basket of rolled clean socks and sleeve-tucked tee shirts. He was next to invisible, pristine and silent, his distinctive pattern dovetailed into pinon-filtered sunlight.

It was pure animal instinct to turn my gaze left and spot him. One sharpened second out of my usual preoccupied saunter. I backed away and sprinted (with a moment of rare agility) into the casita to fetch Steve.

I think you should see this! I blurted, interrupting his work at the laptop. My husband didn't hesitate. He's found the Save key before I can deposit my dryer warmed cargo on the bed. He knows the desert gives up unexpected gifts. He doesn't want to miss a trick.

We stared in tandem at the tiny threat for three minutes until the youngster uncurled and nosed himself back into the rock embankment.

After all the excitement, I settled in with a mug of tea and conjured- for you, Dear Reader- this favorite family soup recipe. My roasted corn chowder with fresh lime juice and roasted green chiles. A taste of Santa Fe that is simpatico all year long. 




View toward Abiquiu by Karina Allrich


Roasted Corn Chowder Recipe with Lime and Cilantro

Recipe by Karina Allrich posted 2006.

Mornings by the mesa have been brisk and bright. These first few clear-as-a-bell days of fall always put me in the mood for soup. Harvest time is precious. So take advantage of the dwindling corn harvest and make a big pot of our family's favorite- roasted corn chowder. We usually make it vegetarian, but I have also made it with pieces of cooked organic chicken.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry or chili powder or paste, mild or hot, to taste
4-5 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
1 medium sweet onion, diced
3 ears of corn, roasted, kernels removed
1 large sweet potato, peeled, diced
1 14-oz can Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
1 cup seeded, chopped fresh heirloom tomatoes- I used yellow and pink
4 oz. chopped roasted green chiles
1 quart light vegetable broth
1 14-oz can coconut milk
2 rounded cups* cubed organic tofu or cooked chicken pieces
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
A quick drizzle of organic raw agave, to taste

To serve:

3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
Fresh lime juice from 2 juicy limes


Instructions:

Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat and stir in the cumin and curry or chili powder; cook for one minute to infuse the oil with spice.

Add the chopped garlic and onion. Stir and cook for five minutes. Add the roasted corn, sweet potato, canned fire roasted tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, green chiles; stir for a minute. Add in the broth.

Cover and bring to a high simmer. Lower the heat and simmer gently, until the sweet potatoes are tender, about twenty minutes or so.

Add the coconut milk and tofu (or cooked chicken). Stir and season with sea salt and ground pepper; and add a drizzle of organic raw agave to taste. Heat through gently- please don't boil it.

Just before serving, add the chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice. Stir. Taste test. Adjust seasoning. The lime juice brightens the taste and accents the spice. Agave cools the hotness.

Garnish with a lime wedge and pass out the spoons. Slurp. Smile.

Serves 6-8.


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Karina's Notes:


If you don't care for cilantro just leave it out. Use fresh basil or parsley. And while we're talking changes, if you're not a fan of coconut milk and you'd rather use traditional moo-cow milk in your chowder, Darling, feel free. Be happy.

If you are using dairy instead of coconut milk, add a good splash of light cream to this recipe just before serving. (Do not boil.) This makes it a rich and super creamy chowder.

Add some chipotle powder or smoked paprika if you like your corn soups smoky.

Serve with warm corn tortillas or corn muffins.

This soup was even better the next day.

This chowder works well cooked slowly in a Crock Pot; add the coconut milk and tofu or cooked chicken 30 minutes before serving and heat through.

Add the lime juice and cilantro just before serving.


More:

Check out Elise's Corn Chowder at Simply Recipes


Recipe Source: glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

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