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Lighter Corn Chowder Paired with Chardonnay

Lighter Corn Chowder Paired with Chardonnay

As the summer season ends and the fall begins, soup starts making its way back into the weekly dinner rotation. I first made this recipe several years ago when I began the tradition of preparing a three-course dinner, each paired with a different wine for our anniversary celebration. I served it at room temperature, which I really enjoyed, but my husband prefers it served hot so you can choose.

This soup is delicious with either the Wine Snob* or Unwined Chardonnay or with a White Burgundy.

Ingredients for 2 people

4-5 Ears of fresh corn (or a 16oz bag of frozen corn)

1 Shallot, diced

1 tsp fresh thyme

3 cups vegetable broth (or low sodium chicken broth)

½ avocado, diced

Handful of grape tomatoes, sliced in half

Splash of lime juice

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Optional, 2 ounces cooked crab

How to prepare:

  1. Carefully remove the kernels from the cob into a bowl.
  2. Heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Once warm add shallots, salt and pepper. Cook until translucent and soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add corn kernels (hold back about ½ cup), broth and cooked shallots to a blender and puree until the mixture is creamy.
  4. Return mixture back to pan shallots were cooked in along with the remaining corn kernels. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  5. Meanwhile, combine avocado, tomatoes, lime juice and if using, crab in a small bowl.
  6. When ready, portion chowder into two bowls and evenly top with avocado mixture.
  7. Uncork the bottle and enjoy!

*I’ve also grilled the corn to add a little bit of that smoky flavor before removing the kernels. The key is to only cook it until al dente rather than all the way.

 Why these wines:

Although this soup is not made with cream, it has a creamy texture, which pairs deliciously with the creamy texture of these Chardonnays. The green apple and citrus notes in these Chards also lend some acidity which helps cleanse the palate after each bite, so that each subsequent bite is just as tasty! The sweetness from the corn is why this wine would not pair well with a full body red wine. 

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