This is a slightly spicy, smoky, hearty corn chowder. The recipe was given to me by a dear friend many years ago and the original source is unknown. I have adapted it to suit my family's tastes. If you prefer a thicker chowder, you can stir in a can of creamed corn. Serve this with cornbread or a crusty French loaf for a lovely meal, enjoy!

Wyattdogster
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion, celery, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper in the hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes.

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  • Stir garlic, cayenne pepper, and diced andouille sausage into the onion mixture; continue to cook and stir until the sausage is hot, 1 to 2 minutes more.

  • Fold corn kernels and bay leaves into the sausage mixture; season with thyme. Allow the mixture to simmer until the corn is warmed, about 1 minute.

  • Pour chicken broth into the pot; bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

  • Stir potatoes and heavy cream to the pot, place a cover on the pot, and continue cooking at a simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

  • Season the chowder with salt and black pepper.

  • Remove and discard the bay leaves.

  • Garnish with cilantro to serve.

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

439 calories; 31.7 g total fat; 77 mg cholesterol; 627 mg sodium. 28.2 g carbohydrates; 13.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2014
We LOVED your chowder Wyattdogster! Thank you! I made two small changes for convenience purposes only. I had Cajun-style sausage in the freezer to use. I simply fried it with the vegetables adding 1 large chopped carrot. I also used evaporated milk instead of the cream as I had planned to freeze some of it for later use. My friends on the Buzz recommended the canned milk as it won't seem curdled when I reheat the chowder from it's frozen state. I shared the soup with my sick brother and he loved it too. He was able to eat two ladles full and relished every bite. Now that's success! Thanks again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2014
We LOVED your chowder Wyattdogster! Thank you! I made two small changes for convenience purposes only. I had Cajun-style sausage in the freezer to use. I simply fried it with the vegetables adding 1 large chopped carrot. I also used evaporated milk instead of the cream as I had planned to freeze some of it for later use. My friends on the Buzz recommended the canned milk as it won't seem curdled when I reheat the chowder from it's frozen state. I shared the soup with my sick brother and he loved it too. He was able to eat two ladles full and relished every bite. Now that's success! Thanks again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2014
We LOVED your chowder Wyattdogster! Thank you! I made two small changes for convenience purposes only. I had Cajun-style sausage in the freezer to use. I simply fried it with the vegetables adding 1 large chopped carrot. I also used evaporated milk instead of the cream as I had planned to freeze some of it for later use. My friends on the Buzz recommended the canned milk as it won't seem curdled when I reheat the chowder from it's frozen state. I shared the soup with my sick brother and he loved it too. He was able to eat two ladles full and relished every bite. Now that's success! Thanks again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2012
Enjoyed this a alot although 2t dried thyme is WAY too much imo. I used just under 1t and it was still a bit too much. Followed the submitter's suggestion of adding a can of creamed corn - liked the texture much better. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/01/2012
Really too much thyme for our taste. Next time will only use 1/4 tsp. But I WILL make it again! Very spicy-good. Dropped corn muffin in just before serving. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2012
This was fantastic. I followed recipe almost exactly except used red potatoes and about half the thyme. I also threw in a few slices of turkey bacon and used chicken andouille sausage as a lighter alternative. This had a great spicy flavor and was a hit with the hubby. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2013
EXCELLENT! I used a whole red and green pepper just to use them up and I omitted the thyme b/c I had none on hand and we are not fans of it anyways. Also I reduced the cayenne by half b/c I didn't want it to be too spicy for my little guy. This had such a wonderful hearty flavor! We like our chowders a bit thicker so I used a cornstarch slurry just to tighten it up a little (I had no creamed corn on hand). Hubby raved and insisted on taking the leftovers to work for lunch tomorrow (believe me that's a major compliment). I will def be making this again and again! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2013
This was really very good. I added 2 minced jalapenos for some xtra peppery goodness. Try sprinkling smoked paprika on top--delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2014
this was so good my family loved it I did use canned corn instead of frozen half regular and half creamed and I didn't have any bell pepper so I used carrots instead. very easy and very good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2013
Great flavor. I do wish that the broth was a little thicker. I think it would be improved with some cans of cream corn instead of the heavy cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2019
This was amazing. I would not change a thing about this recipe. My entire family loved it. My youngest doesn t like spicy food but he gobbled this up. Today was a hot summer day. I can hardly wait to make this again when some snow is on the ground. Read More
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