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Milk Street Bowtie Two-Corn Chowder with Green Chili and Scallions

Two-Corn Chowder with Green Chili and Scallions

FAST: 1 hour
Slow: 3 to 3½ hours 30 minutes active

Two-Corn Chowder with Green Chili and Scallions

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This light, bright take on a classic summer chowder uses corn in two forms: fresh kernels and canned hominy (dried kernels treated with alkali, then cooked until tender) to double the corn flavor. Peak-season fresh corn is ideal—after cutting away the kernels, we use the stripped cobs to infuse the broth with even more flavor. But if fresh corn is out of season, the chowder is still delicious made with a 12-ounce bag of frozen corn kernels and without the addition of the cobs (no need to thaw the frozen corn before use). Yellow corn, as opposed to white, gives the chowder the best color.

3 ears fresh corn, husks and silk removed
4 tablespoons (½ stick) salted butter
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, and white and green parts reserved separately
2 medium garlic cloves, chopped
1 poblano chili, stemmed, seeded and chopped
28 ounce can hominy, rinsed and drained
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
½ cup heavy cream
Ingredients
  • 3

    ears fresh corn, husks and silk removed

  • 4

    tablespoons (½ stick) salted butter

  • 1

    bunch scallions, thinly sliced, and white and green parts reserved separately

  • 2

    medium garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1

    poblano chili, stemmed, seeded and chopped

  • 28

    ounce can hominy, rinsed and drained

  • 1

    pound Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 3

    cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • ½

    cup heavy cream

Directions
  1. 01
    Using a chef's knife, cut the kernels from the ears of corn; you should have about 3 cups. One at a time, stand each cob in a wide bowl, then use the back of the knife to scrape from top to bottom all around it, allowing the liquid to drip into the bowl. Add the kernels to the bowl, then cut each cob in half and reserve separately. On a 6-quart Instant Pot, select More/High Sauté. Add the butter and let melt. Add the scallion whites, garlic, chili, and corn kernels and liquid. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chili is softened, about 7 minutes. Stir in the hominy, potatoes, broth, 1½ teaspoons salt and ½ teaspoon pepper, then distribute in an even layer. Add the corn cobs to the pot.
  2. 02
  3. 03
    Remove and discard the corn cobs. Select More/High Sauté, then stir in the cream and scallion greens and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Tip: Don’t forget to reserve the scallion whites and greens separately, as they are used at different times. Also, don’t use half-and-half or milk, which lack richness and body and will break when cooked.
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Two-Corn Chowder with Green Chili and Scallions

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4-6

Servings

FAST: 1 hour
Slow: 3 to 3½ hours

30 minutes active

Tip

Don’t forget to reserve the scallion whites and greens separately, as they are used at different times. Also, don’t use half-and-half or milk, which lack richness and body and will break when cooked.

Ingredients
  • 3

    ears fresh corn, husks and silk removed

  • 4

    tablespoons (½ stick) salted butter

  • 1

    bunch scallions, thinly sliced, and white and green parts reserved separately

  • 2

    medium garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1

    poblano chili, stemmed, seeded and chopped

  • 28

    ounce can hominy, rinsed and drained

  • 1

    pound Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 3

    cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • ½

    cup heavy cream

Step 1 of 3

Combine Ingredients In Instant Pot

3
ears fresh corn, husks and silk removed
4
tablespoons (½ stick) salted butter
1
bunch scallions, thinly sliced, white parts
2
medium garlic cloves, chopped
1
poblano chili, stemmed, seeded and chopped
28
ounce can hominy, rinsed and drained
1
pound Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
3
cups low-sodium chicken broth
Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Using a chef's knife, cut the kernels from the ears of corn; you should have about 3 cups.


One at a time, stand each cob in a wide bowl, then use the back of the knife to scrape from top to bottom all around it, allowing the liquid to drip into the bowl. Add the kernels to the bowl, then cut each cob in half and reserve separately.


On a 6-quart Instant Pot, select More/High Sauté. Add the butter and let melt. Add the scallion whites, garlic, chili, and corn kernels and liquid.


Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chili is softened, about 7 minutes. Stir in the hominy, potatoes, broth, 1½ teaspoons salt and ½ teaspoon pepper, then distribute in an even layer. Add the corn cobs to the pot.

Step 2 of 3

Fast or Slow

Press Cancel, lock the lid in place and move the pressure valve to Sealing. Select Pressure Cook or Manual; make sure the pressure level is set to High. Set the cooking time for 7 minutes.


When pressure cooking is complete, allow the pressure to reduce naturally for 10 minutes, then quick-release the remaining steam by moving the pressure valve to Venting. Press Cancel, then carefully open the pot.

With the pot still on More/High Sauté, bring the mixture to a boil. Press Cancel, lock the lid in place and move the pressure valve to Venting.


Select Slow Cook and set the temperature to More/High. Set the cooking time for 2½ to 3 hours; a skewer inserted into a piece of potato should meet no resistance. Press Cancel, then carefully open the pot.

Step 3 of 3

Finish and Serve

½
cup heavy cream
1
bunch scallions, thinly sliced, green parts
Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Remove and discard the corn cobs. Select More/High Sauté, then stir in the cream and scallion greens and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

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