• 1 celery stalk
• 1 medium onion
• 1½ tablespoons butter
• ½ teaspoon dried thyme
• 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (I used 1 1/2 Tbs. flour for slightly thicker chowder)
• 3 cups 1% milk (I used 2 cups of 2% milk plus 1 cup evaporated milk for creaminess)
• 1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into little cubes (I did not peel my potato and cut into 1/4-inch pieces)
• 3 scallions
• 2 cups frozen corn
• ¼ cup chopped fresh chives and/or parsley (optional) (I used chives)
Pull the leaves from the celery stalks and set them aside. Chop your celery and onion.
Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Add the celery (not the leaves), onion, and thyme. Stir until the vegetables start to brown.
Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and stir for a few more minutes. Pour in the milk, add the potato and bring to a boil, stirring the whole time so the soup doesn’t stick to the pot. Cook until the potatoes are tender, but not mushy – this will take around 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, chop the celery leaves, trim the ends off the scallions and slice them thinly. When the potatoes are tender, stir in the corn, scallions and celery leaves. Bring the soup back to the boil, then serve
- I did not add any salt and thought I would see how it tasted at the end. I am not a salt lover but I felt it was bland so I dissolved 2 chicken bouillon cubes into the soup.
- I also added pepper
- And… a splash of sherry! Totally optional but an added layer of flavor.
- Stir the chowder frequently to prevent burning on the bottom of the pot.
- Top with cooked bacon, if desired
- Stir in crab or imitation, crab if desired.