Buffalo Chicken Corn Chowder with Blue Cheese Gougères

Photo: psfreeman

Recipe from Half-Baked Harvest.

Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • Blue Cheese Gougères
  • 1/2 cup(s) milk (or water)
  • 1/4 cup(s) (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 2/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 ounce(s) (about 1/2 cup) finely crumbled blue cheese
  • Buffalo Chicken Corn Chowder
  • 1 cup(s) hot sauce, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoon(s) butter
  • 4 slice(s) bacon, chopped (the bacon can be left out for a vegetarian version)
  • 1 pound(s) boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes (the chicken can be left out for a vegetarian version)
  • 1/2 a yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove(s) garlic, minced or grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon(s) smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper, optional
  • 4 ear(s) fresh corn, kernels cut off
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced small
  • 1 cup(s) cream or whole milk
  • 3 - 4 cup(s) chicken stock (or veggie stock)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Chopped green onions, fresh cilantro and blue cheese crumbles, for serving (optional)

Preparation

  1. Make the Gougères:
  2. 1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line large rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Combine the milk, butter, pepper, cayenne and salt in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring until butter is melted. Stir in flour and reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir vigorously until mixture forms large dough clumps, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes to allow the dough to cool.
  3. 2. Meanwhile, whisk eggs in medium bowl. Transfer 1 tablespoon beaten egg to small bowl and reserve. Add 1/3 of remaining beaten eggs to dough and beat until well incorporated. Add remaining eggs, beating until eggs are completely absorbed after each addition (dough will be sticky). Beat in blue cheese. Drop tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet, forming about 12 -15 mounds and spacing about 1 inch apart. Using a pastry brush, brush each mound with reserved egg, flattening any pointed tops. Bake gougères until puffed, golden brown, and dry, about 20-25 minutes. They can be made ahead and rewarmed on baking sheet in 350° degree F oven until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve warm with the chowder.

  4. Make the chowder:
  5. 3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a glass measuring cup or microwave safe bowl. Add 1 cup of hot sauce (use a little less for less intense soup) and whisk until combined. Set the buffalo sauce aside.
  6. 4. Heat a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy. Remove bacon from the pan and set aside on a paper towel to drain. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat; if you are skipping the bacon, add 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan. Raise the heat to medium-high. Add the chicken to the pot and sear on all sides for 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the buffalo sauce to the chicken and cook until most of the sauce has been absorbed by the chicken, about 2 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside. If you need to add a little oil (or bacon fat) to the pot, do so. Add the onions to the pot and sauté 5 minutes. Add the chopped potato and sauté another 5 minutes. Add the garlic, paprika, crushed red pepper and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté another minute. Add the fresh corn to the pot and toss to combine and sauté another 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, remaining buffalo sauce and cream or milk to the pot. Stir to combine. Keep on a low simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Ladle about half of the soup into a blender or food processor and pulse until creamy (or use an immersion blender and pulse until half the soup is creamy). Pour back into the pot and stir to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired. Add the chicken back to the pot and cook until the chicken is warm, about 5 minutes.
  8. Top the chowder with the reserved bacon crumbles, the blue cheese Gougères, fresh cilantro, chopped green onions and blue cheese crumbles if desired.
October 2013

This recipe is a personal recipe added by psfreeman and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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