Spicy Corn and Crab Chowder
Recipe from Cooking Light.
Broil one poblano pepper for about 8 minutes per side. Remove, place in zip-top bag for several minutes. WEARING GLOVES, (unless you want to cry later!) peel, remove seeds, and chop. (Yeah, a few creeper-seeds lurked in there. It’s aight.)
Chop potatoes. The recipe suggests one large russet potato, but I used two medium, unpeeled Yukon Gold potatoes.
Saute onion in butter and seasonings (salt, sugar, cayenne pepper). The recipe calls for “ground red pepper.” I used cayenne pepper. Does anyone know if this is the same thing? I am thinking not. My soup was SOUPER hot! (But I didn’t mind it – I love hot foods.) Add thawed frozen corn. Remove a portion of the corn mixture and puree in a blender with half-and half. Add it back to the soup.
Add a mixture of flour whisked into half-and-half, plus milk, and your chopped poblano. And of course, the star of the show: the CRAB! I used one can of “fancy lump” (a.k.a.: $$$), and one can of “premium white” (a.k.a., I saved a couple bucks). All real stuff though, no Krab here.
I loved the contrasting flavors in this chowder. It was HOT! I mean, it looks pretty innocent in this picture, right? But man-oh-man, it packed a lot of heat! I guess 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper + 1 poblano pepper = hot! Not only was it hot, but it was also quite sweet, from the corn and crab. And also quite creamy and luscious. Pretty darn good.
My rating: 8/10.
As a side note, tonight I realized that hot foods are great for portion-control! As much as I loved this soup, I stopped eating it earlier than I probably typically would have, because it was hot hot HOT! My nose was running, the same way it does when I eat “hot”-sauce wings at Bdubs. This is a good thing folks. And actually, I made this soup yesterday (Sunday)! All I had to to when I got home tonight was heat it up, and add in the crab. Easy peasy. I am loving cooking things on the weekends, and then being able to come home and eat tasty, healthy homemade meals with minimal effort.
Thank GOODNESS today is a three-day work week. I about hit my tipping point today. I’m just tired of dealing with people. Incompetent people. A long weekend is much-needed.
♪♫ Currently listening to: I’m Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage.
…god I miss the freaking 90s sometimes. “Pouuuur your misery down on me…”