I grew up in New England and I love chowders so I was trilled when Becky Sue Epstein and Ed Jackson, the authors of, The American Lighthouse Cookbook (Sourcebooks), agreed to share a recipe from their cookbook for a healthier New England corn chowder.
“The concept of chowder came over to New England with our earliest settlers. Basically, it was a stew-like soup of available shellfish enhanced with locally-grown onions and potatoes, and spiked with tasty bacon and cooked with cream. At a certain point in the year — toward the end the summer — corn became a main ingredient in some chowders, replacing fish. But the high-fat dairy and bacon remained. In this recipe, we removed the dairy and left only a small amount of bacon; we made a healthier dish that you can eat without feeling deprived. We further reduced calories by using vegetable instead of chicken stock.”
Healthier New England Corn Chowder Recipe:
New England Corn Chowder Ingredients:
4 slices bacon, diced
1 large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, diced
1 cup shiitake mushrooms, chopped
5 cups vegetable stock
3/4 pound Yukon gold potatoes, diced
2-1/2 cups fresh corn kernels
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
Each serving has 142 calories, 9 grams protein, 22 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 2 grams fat, .5 grams saturated fat, 422 mg sodium.
New England Corn Chowder Directions
Coat a 4 quart heavy pot with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Sautee bacon for 3-5 minutes.
Add garlic, onion and mushrooms, sauté for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Mix in stock and potatoes. Bring stock to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, about 10 minutes.
Stir in corn kernels, salt and pepper and cook five minutes.
Serve in warmed bowls, garnished with basil. Pretty quick and easy New England corn chowder recipe right? I hope you enjoy!
Thanks to the authors of The American Lighthouse Cookbook for sharing this recipe with us. The American Lighthouse Cookbook couples food with the romance of the seacoast, adding a dash of history and wrapping it in the very current “eat local” movement.