Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wild Rice Chowder

This is a great comfort food for a snowy day like today. It's not as dense as some chowders--it doesn't have any flour or potatoes to bulk it up--but it thickens somewhat when when you blend up part of the soup. Though the wild rice should be tender by the time the soup is done, it still provides a nice, chewy texture. This is adapted from Bon Appetit (I think, not positive).

2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
4 ounces smoked ham, diced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1+1/3 cups wild rice (I only had about a cup on hand and supplemented with a wild rice/long grain mix)
7 cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup whipping cream
frozen corn (optional)
parsley, minced (optional--mainly for color)
salt & pepper, to taste

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat . Add onion, ham, celery and carrot, and saute until vegetables soften, about 10 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat. Add the stock and bay leaf, and simmer until rice is very tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Mix in cream. Pur ee 2 cups of the soup with a blender (or immersion blender). Return puree to the rest of the soup and season with salt and pepper. Add corn , if using, and bring to a simmer. Garnish with parsley, if using, and serve.

1 comment:

  1. whoa! this looks delicious!
    i'll definitely be making this soon!