Is soup in August not right?
I know that most places it is probably really hot, but it’s corn chowder and I cannot go posting corn chowder in mid December when all the fresh and pretty corn is long gone. It’s just not right.
So August it is!
I really hope you are down with this because honestly if you are not, you are kind of missin’ out
Well this soup, or chowder I guess, it sort of blows my mind.
You all know how much I love buffalo anything. Just within the last few months I have posted buffalo salmon, buffalo shrimp, buffalo quinoa, buffalo chicken quinoa and even buffalo sauce on guacamole stuffed mushrooms. Seriously though, you have to blame my Dad and not me. The guy loves buffalo sauce, and I love to cook for others and cook their favorites.
Let’s put it this way, I make about two cups of buffalo sauce every few days.
It’s crazy, I know.
And you know how I have been telling you guys how excited I am for football season?
Yeah, well that is basically only because of the food. Football food rules and oh my gosh, I cannot wait to start overwhelming you guys with them.
But I promise to wait until at least mid September for all the fall foods.
I made it a goal to stay in Summer as long as possible and I am going to stick to it. No jumping seasons!
Ok now back to the chowder.
It is super simple and filled to the brim with corn and tons of buffalo sauce, and to be honest, you do not even need the chicken. So if chicken is not your thing just leave it out, but the bacon? The bacon is killer in this! The flavors go together so well and with the generous sprinkling of blue cheese too?
Oh so good!
But then you cannot forget the blue cheese gougères.
Wow, those things are amazing! I actually think mine did not properly “poof” because of the elevation I am at. Sometimes, I have issues with bread and cakes. Ugh. I need to read more about high elevation baking.
But regardless they were still incredible and surprisingly easy. Paired with the soup they were perfect!
The only thing is, they are kind of small…..
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line large rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Combine the milk, butter, pepper, cayenne and salt in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring until butter is melted. Stir in flour and reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir vigorously until mixture forms large dough clumps, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes to allow the dough to cool.
- Meanwhile, whisk eggs in medium bowl. Transfer 1 tablespoon beaten egg to small bowl and reserve. Add 1/3 of remaining beaten eggs to dough and beat until well incorporated. Add remaining eggs, beating until eggs are completely absorbed after each addition (dough will be sticky). Beat in blue cheese. Drop tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet, forming about 12 -15 mounds and spacing about 1 inch apart. Using a pastry brush, brush each mound with reserved egg, flattening any pointed tops. Bake gougères for 10 minutes at 425, then reduce the to 350 and baked until puffed, golden brown, and dry, about 15-20 minutes longer. They can be made ahead and rewarmed on baking sheet in 350° degree F oven until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve warm with the chowder.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a glass measuring cup or microwave safe bowl. Add 1 cup of hot sauce (use a little less for less intense soup) and whisk until combined. Set the buffalo sauce aside.
- Heat a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy. Remove bacon from the pan and set aside on a paper towel to drain. Drain all but 1Tbs. of the bacon fat, if you are skipping the bacon add 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan. Raise the heat to medium-high. Add the chicken to the pot and sear on all sides for 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the buffalo sauce to the chicken and cook until most of the sauce has been absorbed by the chicken, about 2 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside. If you need to add a little oil (or bacon fat) to the pot, do so. Add the onions to the pot and sauté 5 minutes. Add the chopped potato and sauté another 5 minutes Add the garlic, paprika, crushed red pepper and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté another minute. Add the fresh corn to the pot and toss to combine and sauté another 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, remaining buffalo sauce and cream or milk to the pot. Stir to combine. Keep on a low simmer for 15 minutes.
- Ladle about half of the soup into a blender or food processor and pulse until creamy (or use an immersion blender and pulse until half the soup is creamy). Pour back into the pot and stir to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired. Add the chicken back to the pot and cook until the chicken is warm, about 5 minutes.
- Top the chowder with the reserved bacon crumbles, the blue cheese Gougères, fresh cilantro, chopped green onions and blue cheese crumbles if desired.
Blue Cheese Gougères slightly adapted from here.
Which means three or four are totally acceptable!