Corn and Fingerling Potato Chowder with Applewood-Smoked Bacon

Corn and Fingerling Potato Chowder with Applewood-Smoked Bacon Recipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner
As the name implies, fingerling potatoes have a narrow shape, similar to a finger. These baby white potatoes contain less starch than russet potatoes; waxy small red potatoes make a good stand-in.


5 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 186
Caloriesfromfat 27 %
Fat 5.5 g
Satfat 2.7 g
Monofat 1.2 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 7.6 g
Carbohydrate 27.8 g
Fiber 3.4 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Iron 1.1 mg
Sodium 398 mg
Calcium 84 mg


2 slices applewood-smoked bacon
1 3/4 cups diced onion
3 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 7 ears)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
8 ounces (1/4-inch-thick) rounds fingerling potato slices
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Thyme sprigs (optional)


Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion to drippings in pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add corn, chopped thyme, and garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, milk, half-and-half, and potatoes; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.

Transfer 2 cups potato mixture to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth; return pureed mixture to pan. Stir in salt and black pepper; sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.

Jeanne Kelley,

Cooking Light

August 2007
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