3052. SUMMER CORN and OYSTER CHOWDER with BACON and FENNEL

yields two appetizer servings

4 oz. smoked slab bacon, diced
1/2 small onion, small dice
1/4 cup small dice fennel bulb (reserve tops for garnish)
1/4 cup small dice celery

2 cobs yellow corn, gratedup to 1 cup whole milk10 oysters shucked, liquor retainedsalt to taste
Put the diced bacon in a saute pan over medium heat and cook until the fat has been rendered and the bacon is crispy. Pour off the fat, leaving about 2 teaspoons in the pan with the crispy bacon. Add the onion, celery, and fennel and cook until softened. Remove the pan from the heat for about 30 seconds to allow it to cool slightly, then add the grated corn (it should be very juicy). Return to the heat and stir constantly as it thickens. Once it is bubbling, add half the milk and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the oysters with their liquor. Stir well and judge consistency; if you prefer it to be a little thinner add a bit more milk to desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and heat quickly to desired temperature. Serve at once; if the soup is allowed to stand too long the oysters will overcook and become tough. Serve in warm bowls and garnish with fennel fronds.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Eric Joppie, Bar Avignon, 2138 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202; Eric Joppie will be participating in Feast Portland (Sunday, September 22, 10 a.m.). Watch Eric Joppie on KATU.com.

2996. PLAICE, EDAM, MUSSEL and BACON CHOWDER

serves 4-6

500 grams fresh mussels, cleaned and checked (optional)
150 ml wine, or water if preferred
1 tablespoon olive oil
115 grams rindless, streaky bacon, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
600 ml vegetable stock
500 grams potatoes, peeled and cubed
350 grams boneless, skinless plaice, cut into small chunks
75 ml double cream
150 grams frozen peas or petit pois
115 grams Edam cheese, cut into small cubes
3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped

Place the mussels in a large pan, pour over the wine (or water), cover and cook for about four minutes until all the mussels are open. Drain and reserve the liquid. When cool enough to handle, remove the mussels from their shells. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and cook the bacon for three minutes. Add the onion and cook until softened, about six minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further minute. Pour in the stock and reserved mussel liquid and bring to the boil. Add the potatoes and simmer for eight minutes. Stir in the plaice and cook for a further three minutes. Pour in the cream, petit pois, mussels and warm through. Stir in the Edam and chives and season to taste. Pour into warm serving bowls and serve with crusty bread. If not keen on mussels then replace with your favourite shellfish such as lobster or crayfish. Simply leave out stage one and add a splash of white wine to the stock.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Lesley Waters, Lesley Waters Cookery School, Abbots Hill Farm, Closworth Road, Halstock, Dorset BA22 9SY UK; Aidan Gray, Caterer and Hotelkeeper, July 3, 2008Plaice, Edam, mussel and bacon chowder by Lesley Waters Thursday 3rd July 2008 16:10 Ingredients
(Serves four to six)
500g fresh mussels, cleaned and checked (optional)
150ml wine, or water if preferred
1tbs olive oil
115g rindless, streaky bacon, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
600ml vegetable stock
500g potatoes, peeled and cubed
350g boneless, skinless plaice, cut into small chunks
75ml double cream
150g frozen peas or petit pois
115g Edam cheese, cut into small cubes
3tbs fresh chives, chopped
Method
Place the mussels in a large pan, pour over the wine (or water), cover and cook for about four minutes until all the mussels are open. Drain and reserve the liquid. When cool enough to handle, remove the mussels from their shells.
Heat the olive oil in a large pan and cook the bacon for three minutes. Add the onion and cook until softened, about six minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further minute.
Pour in the stock and reserved mussel liquid and bring to the boil. Add the potatoes and simmer for eight minutes. Stir in the plaice and cook for a further three minutes. Pour in the cream, petit pois, mussels and warm through. Stir in the Edam and chives and season to taste.
Pour into warm serving bowls and serve with crusty bread. If not keen on mussels then replace with your favourite shellfish such as lobster or crayfish. Simply leave out stage one and add a splash of white wine to the stock.
Lesley Waters, owner, Lesley Waters Cookery School, Frome St Quintin, Dorset- See more at: http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk/articles/3/7/2008/321943/plaice-edam-mussel-and-bacon-chowder-by-lesley-waters.htm#sthash.WNWb2uTV.dpuf

2942. CHICKEN and BACON CORN CHOWDER

yields 1½ gallons

1 large (approximately 6 pounds) chicken
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
Kosher salt
1/2 pound thick bacon, diced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
5 stalks celery, diced
2 medium Spanish onions, diced
2 medium russet or all-purpose potatoes, peeled and diced
8 ears fresh corn, removed from the cob
1 to 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
3 cups heavy cream
Freshly ground black pepper
To poach the chicken: Combine the chicken, onion, celery, carrot, garlic, thyme, pepper and a tablespoon of salt large pot. Add water to cover, at least 3 quarts. Bring the water to a simmer over medium heat, skimming occasionally. Skim, add more water if necessary to keep the chicken covered, and continue to gently simmer until the chicken is fully cooked (the juices from the thigh will run clear), about 40 minutes. Drain the chicken reserving the broth. Allow the chicken to cool then remove the meat from the bones. Discard the bones and refrigerate the meat until ready to make the chowder. Measure out 1 1/2 quarts of the broth and reserve for the chowder. Freeze or refrigerate any remaining broth until needed for another purpose.

To make the chowder: Heat the bacon and olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook until the bacon fat is rendered and the meat firming but not yet crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the celery and onions. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables begin to soften, about 6 minutes. Add the potatoes, corn, and thyme. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are fully soft, about 8 additional minutes.

Add the chicken broth to the pot. Bring the broth to a simmer over medium-high heat. Turn down the heat to medium and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the cream and reserved chicken. Return the chowder to a simmer, season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into warm bowls and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Red Lion Inn, 30 Main Street, PO Box 954, Stockbridge MA 01262-0954; “Berkshires,” FoodNation With Bobby Flay, Food Network

2912. NAVY BEAN BACON CHOWDER

yields six servings?

1 1/2 cups navy beans, sorted and rinsed
2 cups cold water
5-6 slices bacon?
1 medium carrot, cut lengthwise into halves, then cut into 1-inch pieces?
1 rib celery, chopped?
1 cup chopped onion?
1 small turnip, cut into 1-inch pieces?
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 large can (46 ounces) chicken broth?
1 cup milk

Soak beans overnight. Drain. Cook bacon in medium skillet over medium heat. Drain and crumble. Combine carrot, celery, onion, turnip, Italian seasoning, pepper, beans and bacon in slow cooker; mix slightly. Pour broth over top. Cover and cook on low 7 1/2 to 9 hours or until beans are crisp-tender. Ladle 2 cups of soup mixture into a 4-cup container and purée in food processor or blender. Return mixture to slow cooker. Add milk to slow cooker. Cover; cook on high 15 minutes or until heated through.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Camellia Beans, L. H. Hayward & Co., LLC, 5401 Toler Street, Harahan, Louisiana 70183