Generous hits of both sweet and smoked paprika add extra dimensions of flavor to this rich, comforting chowder, while the chipotle powder provides heat. Roasted corn is available frozen in 1-pound bags at Trader Joe's; if you can't find it, substitute regular frozen corn.
Servings: 4 - 5 main-course
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 pound fully cooked chicken sausages, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 2 small boneless smoked pork chops, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 3 cups)
- 1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, stemmed, seeded and minced
- 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 3 medium (16 ounces) red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 fresh bay leaf
- 3 sprigs thyme
- 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder (may substitute cayenne pepper)
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 4 to 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth, preferably nonfat
- 1 16-ounce bag of frozen roasted corn kernels (may substitute regular frozen corn kernels)
- 1 cup heavy cream
Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed pot placed over medium heat. Add the sausages and pork chops and cook, stirring often, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the meat has lightly browned. Add the onions and jalapeno pepper(s) and cook, stirring often, for 7 to 8 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the red and green bell peppers, potatoes, bay leaf and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until the peppers and potatoes have softened slightly. Season with the salt, sweet and smoked paprikas and chipotle powder; mix well.
Sprinkle in the flour, stirring gently but thoroughly to combine. Add 1 cup of the chicken broth and stir to mix with the flour. Gradually add 3 to 4 cups of broth, depending on the desired consistency. Cover partially and reduce the heat to low; cook the chowder gently for 25 to 30 minutes, until all of the vegetables are tender.
Add the corn and cream; cook until heated through. Discard the bay leaf and thyme sprigs; serve immediately.
From cookbook author Domenica Marchetti.
Tested by Cindy Loose.
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