The Starving Chef Recipe: Crab Corn Chowder

Crab Corn Chowder
Fall is totally crabby.

By Felicia Vargo, The Starving Chef

Forget pumpkin spice, soup season is my favorite part of fall. Bring on the chowder!

For step-by-step instructions with photos, click here.

Crab Corn Chowder With Candied Bacon

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 6-8 servings

For Chowder

2 C fresh lump crab meat or imitation crab meat
3 C sweet corn
3 C cornbread, crumbled
½ C sweet onion, diced
1 leek, chopped
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced (+ slices for topping)
1 T garlic, minced
2 radishes, chopped
3 C chicken broth
8 oz. half & half
1 T lemon juice
1 T lime juice
1 T fresh thyme
1 T fresh oregano
1 bay leaf
1 T butter
Crusty bread, for serving

For Candied Bacon

6-8 strips plain, thick-sliced bacon
2 T rice vinegar
2 T maple syrup
¼ C brown sugar

Here’s How
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Crumble the cornbread and reserve half. Spread the cornbread crumbles on a greased baking sheet and toast for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the rice vinegar, maple syrup and brown sugar. Pour the mixture over the bacon strips so they are generously coated. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with foil and cook the bacon at 400 F until it is crispy, about 20-30 minutes. Let cool while you make the soup, then crumble.
  3. In a large pot over medium high heat, melt the butter and add in the onion, leek radishes, garlic and jalapeno. Sauté until the onion is tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a rapid simmer. Reduce the heat to medium then add the thyme, oregano and bay leaf.
  5. Add in the sweet corn, remaining (un-toasted) cornbread and half and half. Let the soup simmer for 5-10 minutes. Stir until the cornbread has “dissolved” into the soup.
  6. Stir in the crab meat, the lemon and lime juice, and half of the crumbled candied bacon. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the crab meat is cooked through. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Serve garnished with cornbread crumbles, candied bacon crumbles and jalapeno slices. Enjoy.

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