Smoky Apple Corn Chowder is packed with sweet, smoky and cheesy flavor thanks to Envy apples, chipotle chile peppers and sharp white cheddar cheese. It’s the perfect soup to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of Fall!
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This Smoky Apple Cheddar Beer Soup is the very best of two seasons; Summer and Fall.
It celebrates the end of summer with the sweetest corn you can get your hands on and the beginning of Fall where it’s all about the apple.
This is the time of year that is so bittersweet for me. I am a summer girl at heart but do I love cozy sweaters, apple picking and digging into a warm soup or chili on Football Sunday? Also yes.
So to me this chowder is the best of both Worlds and lucky for us, it has phenomenal taste too!
When it comes to a warm bowl of comfort food are you team soup or chowder?
Let me back it up a bit. Do you know the difference between a soup and a chowder?
The very basic difference between a soup and a chowder is; a soup is smooth while a chowder is chunky.
While I happen to like both of them I’m more of a chowder person.
Big chunks of potatoes, broccoli, corn, veggies, you name it and I’d rather have the larger bites rather than pureed.
Hence why I named this Smoky Apple Corn Chowder as such.
There’s chunks of apples, corn and onion running throughout this soup which I also think it makes for a beautiful presentation.
INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED FOR SMOKY APPLE CORN CHOWDER:
You will need the following items to make this apple corn chowder
- Corn (fresh or frozen)
- chiptole chile peppers
- dried thyme
- vegetable stock
- sharp white cheddar cheese
STEPS TO MAKE SMOKY APPLE CORN CHOWDER WITH BACON
- Start by browning your bacon into a large dutch oven. Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve bacon grease.
- Add in corn and onion and saute for 5-7 minutes. Add in 1-2 chipotle chile peppers, depending on your spice level and then sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme.
- Stir in apples and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil.
- Into a small bowl, combine milk and corn starch and whisk into soup.
- Stir in sharp white cheddar cheese.
- If desired, place sliced baguettes slices onto a sheet pan and top with cheddar cheese and broil until melted to place on top of the soup.
I CAN’T FIND FRESH CORN, WHAT CAN I USE INSTEAD?
I understand fresh corn isn’t available all year long, therefore you can make this corn chowder soup using the following
- Frozen corn (no need to thaw beforehand)
- canned corn (drained)
- creamed corn
WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF APPLE TO USE FOR A SOUP?
For savory dishes, I like to use an apple that is on the sweeter side since most of the time when you’re making soup, it has vegetables, spices and herbs that could really use a little bit of sweetness to balance out the dish.
Therefore apples such as Envy, Gala or Fuji. All are inexpensive and work great in this chowder. I used Envy apples.
I also prefer not to use premium apples such as my favorite, Honeycrisp apples, as I save those for snacking.
TIPS FOR MAKING SMOKY APPLE CORN CHOWDER
Any time I am cooking or baking, I leave the ingredients out at room temperature. It takes away the shock factor of adding a cold liquid or ingredient into a warm or hot mixture.
So for this smoky apple corn chowder, leave the milk out at room temperature thirty minutes prior to adding to the pot.
DO YOU NEED TO PEEL APPLES BEFORE COOKING?
I am Team Texture, therefore I like extra crunch in dishes so I leave the skin ON the apples. If you do not prefer skin on your apples, you can peel them and it will not effect the soup.
Smoky Apple Corn Chowder is a celebration of flavor between two seasons and their delicious bounties!
🍲MORE COZY SOUPS
Crockpot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (A creamy Midwestern favorite)
Chicken Enchilada Soup (All the flavors you love but in soup form)
Slow Cooker Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup (pairs perfectly with a grilled cheese sandwich!)
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- Apple Pie Toddy by Seduction in the Kitchen
- Apple Tea Brined Chicken by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Chewy Brown Sugar Apple Chip Cookies by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Cranberry Apple Crisp by Cooking With Carlee
- Hand Shaped Mini Apple Candies by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Individual Caramel Apple Sharlotka by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- No Knead Apple Bread by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Pecan by Palatable Pastime
- Slow Cooker BBQ Apple Meatballs by Who Needs A Cape?