We have the BEST neighbors. We’ve had berries, squash, garlic , tomatoes and kale brought over to us by all of them and we are so grateful and lucky to have them as our neighbors and friends. A couple of our neighbors, Mike and Syliva, have an amazing garden. They have everything you could ever want. So, what a nice surprise when Mike showed up at our door with a bag full of summer corn grown in their garden. It was beautiful, sweet and best of all…local!! I mean 2 doors down local lol!!!. I love corn soup and decided to put this great bounty to work in this way. It’s a very light soup, not a chowder, perfect for these late summer days and nights. I made mine with a slight Southwestern flavor (not too much, the simplicity of this soup is that you can really taste the corn flavor) with chiles, oregano and cilantro cream. Get that summer corn while you can and give this a try! It’s a perfect summer dinner with a fresh salad and glass of rosé to go with it!
Corn Soup Ingredients
9 ears of fresh corn, shucked
1 small onion, diced
2 chipotle peppers in adobo, diced, plus 2 tsp. of the adobo sauce
1 T. minced garlic
3 T. butter
2 c. water
2 c. whole milk
2 tsp. oregano
kosher salt and pepper
1/3 c. sour cream
2-3 T. milk
1/2 c. chopped cilantro
In a large bowl, remove the corn kernels from the cob by cutting the corn down the side of the cob and afterwards, with the back of a spoon, scrape the cobs to get the milk and remaining kernels from the cobs. Reserve 1 c. corn kernels from the rest. Set aside.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onions, chipotle peppers, oregano and garlic until soft. Add corn and sauté another 2 minutes. Add water and milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes until corn is just softened.
In small batches, blend corn mixture until smooth. Put mixture through a fine sieve and press on the mixture until liquid is extracted and discard the solids.
Return soup to the saucepan and add reserved corn kernels. Heat to medium and season to taste. Garnish with the cilantro cream.
Combine sour cream, milk and cilantro in a food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt.
Beijos e Tchau!