Friday, November 5, 2010

Corn and Crab Chowder

A nicely seasoned chicken stock based chowder made with a small roux,     sauteed veggies, potatoes, corn, half and half and sweet blue crab.
A nicely seasoned chicken stock based chowder made with a small roux, auteed veggies, potatoes, corn, half and half and sweet blue crab.

Corn and Crab Chowder

We've had a quick shot of wintry weather in The Deep South, for at least a few days anyway, and a good chowder made with corn, crab and a little cream, really hits the spot when that cold weather blows in. It's been such a hot fall that as much as I love them this time of year, thinking about soups, stews and chowders has been hard to do frankly. Leave it to The South to go from beach weather to frost in about 8 hours! Apparently we decided to just pass by fall altogether - gotta love The South! Course, we'll be back to beach weather in no time, which explains why my garden looks like a laundry right now, with sheets and blankets strewn across many of my plants.

This is the easiest dish to throw together, and to be honest the amount of crab is pretty relative. Use what your budget will allow. I am lucky. My father-in-law has crab traps set about in the Gulf, and when he gets home from his worldly work travels, he goes out and checks the traps. My wonderful mother-in-law painstakingly picks those crabs herself, and then is so kind to offer The Cajun and me glorious bags full of already picked, fresh lump crab. She is so generous in that respect about, well, everything really. Have I mentioned how much I love my in-laws? Anyway, the point being, use the amount of crab your budget allows. If you can afford a full pound of lump crab, then by all means go for it because it is worth every penny. Ever picked a single crab of meat? If you have, you already know it's worth the price.

Though there is a small roux in this chowder, I like to also use a can of creamed corn together with either fresh, canned, or frozen whole kernel corn. The creamed corn helps to contribute to the creaminess of the chowder base, and since The Cajun loves creamed corn, and I love corn fritters, so it's a pantry staple in our house anyway.

This is a delicious, flavorful chowder, not too rich thanks to the use of half and half instead of heavy cream, and is just perfectly heart warming for these cooler days ahead. I hope that you enjoy it.

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