…become a really good chowder.
I was hungry today around 12:30 and began the opening and closing of the refrigerator in the fairly routine process of making a decision on whether to eat leftovers, start something new, etc… I had a number of options, none of which really appealed to me at the time. Black bean chili, leftover mashed potatoes, salad, cold grilled salmon and on it went. I took the potatoes out of the fridge, then put them back. I took the salmon and greens out, then put them back. Had I remembered that there was a relatively new package of Graeter’s vanilla in the freezer, I may not have had the breakthrough.
OK, maybe turning leftover mashed potatoes and corn into a chowder wouldn’t be considered a breakthrough. I mean, I have blogged about corn chowder before, but from scratch. A big pot. Not this time.
I grabbed a saucepan, an onion and some celery and began putting things together. I had a two cup container of potatoes left from the other night’s dinner. I searched the fridge for the lima beans from the same night, but they were claimed by my husband for his lunch. So much for the succotash soup I had envisioned.
I chopped up one half of a small onion and diced some celery and celery leaves and threw them in the pan with a bit of olive oil and butter. I went to the computer to try and register my son for his ACT while the veggies were softening up. I came back to a near catastrophy with some of the onions bordering on too dark. A quick stir got them back in order. The expletives I threw at my carelessness helped to cool things off too, I’m sure.
I dumped in the lumpy mashed potatoes, added a bit of vegetable broth and some salt and pepper and stirred things up. I cleaned the kernels off 1 1/2 ears of leftover corn and dumped those in too. Adding enough half and half to loosen the mixture up, I turned the heat to low and let the pot simmer down a bit.
The result, only about 15 minutes later, tasted so good I thought the soup worthy of a sprinkling of some hot bacon crumbles and some fresh herbs. I chose thyme, parsley and chives. I moaned my way through a bowl of the soup and went back for just a few more bites, just to be sure it tasted as good I as thought.
My leftover potatoes produced one of the best chowders I had tasted. Yum.