Roasted Corn Chowder with Scallops and Bacon

originally published Oct. 11, 2009

Roasted sweet corn with poblano peppers, onions, seared scallops and smoked bacon..

Roasted Corn Chowder with Scallops and Bacon

Roasted Corn Chowder with Scallops and Bacon

(informed by a recipe by Rick Bayless)

3 cups fresh corn kernels, divided
1/2 small white onion
1/2 large poblano chile
1 red Fresno chile
1 clove garlic
1 cup fresh whole milk
1 cup fresh cream
6 oz dry sea scallops
4 oz smoked bacon, diced
1 teaspoon cultured butter
1/4 teaspoon smoked chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Roast the poblano, Fresno, onion, garlic and 1/2 of the corn in a 450 degree oven until the peppers are blackened.  Place the peppers in a paper bag or under an inverted bowl to steam a bit- the skins will peel right off.

Pulse the uncooked corn in a blender with the milk, cream and smoked chili powder, then transfer to a heavy pot set over medium-low heat.  Stirring frequently, allow to simmer until reduced by 1/4.

Chop the roasted peppers, onion and garlic and add to the pan.  Stir to combine.

Meanwhile, sauté diced bacon over medium-high heat until well browned.  Pour off all but 1 teaspoon of fat and add 1 teaspoon butter, paprika and cilantro.  Add the scallops and sear until golden brown on both sides.  Transfer to the soup, stir to combine. Adjust seasoning with salt & pepper if necessary and serve steaming hot.


16 thoughts on “Roasted Corn Chowder with Scallops and Bacon

  1. Yummy. I have a corn chowder recipe that I make with friends. Its not nearly as beautiful as yours but I love all the Corn Chowder recipes that I’m coming across!

  2. Just wanted to let you know how much I love your site. I find myself salivating every time I get over here. The kids and I plan on making this recipe this weekend assuming there’s still some corn at the farmer’s market.

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  4. Hi! I know this was posted years ago. I just made it today. Yum!!! I was wondering, when do you add the other half of the corn back in? Also, do you garnish with bacon or was that just for searing the scallops. Just curious! Thanks!

    • So glad you liked it! You’re right, my instructions were a bit vague on those points.. 1/2 the corn gets roasted then tossed in the pan with the roasted peppers, onions, etc., while the other (uncooked) half gets blended with the milk & cream. Bacon fat & butter to sauté the scallops, add cooked bacon as garnish.

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