This is similar to a recipe I use from a zucchini cookbook so I tried it out to compare. It looks like they forgot to add the potato to the ingredients. Chowder is not chowder w/out potato. Also they mention stirring into the "potato mixture" in the directions. So i added a couple baking potatoes. Used whole milk for all the cream/milk (why buy both those when you're essentially getting a whole milk mix in the end?). Great with sliced green onions, pickled jalapeno and/or cilantro on top. This is a good recipe comparable to the one I have and I like the poblano pepper in it. Used half the butter as it seemed excessive and rice flour cause I can't eat wheat.
Corn-and-Zucchini Queso Chowder
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Jan Gautro
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Total: 1 Hour
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 3 poblano peppers, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
- 2 cups chopped zucchini
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 (14-oz.) cans low-sodium fat-free chicken broth
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded asadero cheese*
- 1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Toppings: chopped cooked bacon, shredded Cheddar cheese, diced red onion
- 1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add bell pepper and next 3 ingredients, and sauté 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add corn, zucchini, and cumin, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Gradually stir in broth, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes.
- 2. Whisk together flour and next 2 ingredients. Stir into potato mixture, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low.
- 3. Add asadero cheese, 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, and salt, and cook, stirring constantly, until cheeses melt and mixture is thoroughly heated. Serve with desired toppings.
- *Monterey Jack cheese may be substituted.
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