Friday, September 2, 2011

FFWD Corn Soup

 Fresh corn and fancy corn stripper...another gadget to add to my drawer!

Hard to believe this is the last friday of summer! Technically the Fall season begins on September 23 but, for me, this weekend signals the end! School will be starting next week for most of the kids in the north east, and the days are getting shorter! Most of us have been cooking with Dorie for almost a year now. Funny how fast the fridays seem to run into each other.
This week's pick was for Corn Soup. I've had corn chowder before, wonderfully thick and flavorful with plenty of potatoes, but I never had Corn Soup.  I stopped at the farm stand for a dozen ears yesterday. I always like to buy several dozen to strip of its' kernels and freeze for winter. Last time I was at Williams Sonoma I bought a corn stripper. A very cool gadget which I just had to have. However, I'm not sure it works any better than a knife.

This soup starts out with stripping the ears of corn, putting the cobs into a pot with milk and bringing it to a boil. Then let it simmer while you prepare the rest of the soup. Melting the butter in a large soup pot, you add the chopped onion. Let cook for about 5 minutes then add the celery, carrots, garlic and the corn kernels, simmering for another 10 minutes. At this point, you add the water, and the milk with the corncobs to the pot, along with the herbs. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Then remove the cobs and herbs. Puree in small batches in a food processor or with an immersion blender. I also made the garnish leaving out the bacon. I served this with a tablespoon of sour cream on top along with the garnish.  
This soup seemed to lack something. It was good but not great and, although I enjoyed a bowl for lunch, I don't think I would go to the trouble of making it again. My husband didn't like it at all (He thought it should be more hardy).  Sometimes you hit a home run, other times just a base hit!
Have a great Labor Day weekend, everyone! 

Stripping the cobs
Cobs simmering in the milk

All the veggies 

Everything simmering for 20 minutes
The finished soup...good but not great!
This recipe is from Dorie Greenspans book 'Around My French Table". To see how other Doristas did with this recipe check it out here.


  1. I can't believe fall is knocking on our door (kids go back next Thursday up here - wow).
    I thought this soup was good - but I definitely thought it needed the bacon (or pancetta) to balance it all out.
    Have a great holiday!

  2. We enjoyed this soup but when I first had a taste it was bland. We
    decided to add the cayenne pepper and, wow, we really liked it. Just a
    smidge is all it needed. I just had a conversation with hubby about
    buying more corn to make another corn pudding and freezing it for
    Thanksgiving, when I read your comment about buying corn and
    stripping it. I was wondering, do you freeze it uncooked or do you
    blanche it? I have never done this before and would love to have it
    handy during the winter months. Have a great holiday weekend.

  3. That's why I kept my soup chunky and added chicken broth rather that water, etc. I wanted the soup to be flavorful even without all the garnishes. The ingredients looks blah to me especially when pureed. We drink by the gallons here, so we need food to chew on and we like lots of flavor. But, I love your corn stripper...I might need a new gadget like yours. Nice post.

  4. I used less water in hopes of concentrating more flavor, and the jalapeno/bacon were needed. I probably also used double the herbs now that I'm thinking about it.

  5. I think your soup looks fantastic! I love all your process photos and am jealous of your corn cob stripper!

  6. I kept my soup on the chunky side too, the recipe sounded a tad watery- not how you want your soup to come out! I have so many kitchen gadgets but somehow missed the corn stripper- love the name and think I may need to pick one up;-)

  7. Labor Day signals the end of summer for me, so this is it... Sorry this wasn't a favorite for you. I truly loved it. Have a great weekend.

  8. Your soup looks so good, Kathy. I'm sorry it wasn't a hit for you. We both really liked it and I will probably make it again as corn is still in abundance here. Can you believe it has been almost a year since we all started cooking together?! Wow, the year has gone by so quickly. I hate that the days are starting to get shorter. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  9. The corn soup looks so tasty! I think I will have to get myself a corn peeler!

  10. Kathy, thanks so much for nominating me for "My Seven Links". It took a bit of time, but it was fun going back through old posts. I can't believe it's been almost a year with FFWD! You're right - time flies.

    I missed making this soup, but the good news is I accepted an offer on my townhome - it will be so nice to just have one house to take care of!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  11. I just made corn chowder and I used the cobs for the first time. I loved the extra flavor they gave the soup. You've inspired me to grab some corn and freeze it. Do you have to do anything to it beforehand, or just put it in the baggies and freeze?

  12. When I freeze my corn I just strip it off the cob and put it in plastic bags removing as much air as possible. Then freeze.

  13. Thanks for the instructions. I'm heading to the farm next week
    before the season ends.

  14. I love the look of your soup, Kathy. I'm thinking of next time adding a vegetable bouillon cube instead of plain water with milk. Maybe that would help!

  15. This soup looks really delicious. I find it so hard to believe that fall is knocking at our door. Though I will be glad to get a break from the heat. Our summer has been unseasonably hot this year.

  16. Hi Kathy, thanks for your comment at my blog. I love using corn in soup. It's shame that your husband doesn't like it. It happens to me all the time and it just keep me to search for recipes to please him. I agree with Adriana, a little of stock and water may bring up more flavour to the soup.

  17. I have never used a corn stripper before, but it looks so useful! Love the soup, beautiful.

  18. Adding corn stripper to my Christmas list. :-) My D thought that without the bacon, he would ahve found the soup too ordinary. And we did add stock as well...

  19. I'm sorry this soup wasn't a winner for you, but at least it justifies buying the corn stripper! I'm sad to see summer go, too, mostly because I've enjoyed summer fruits so much this year.

  20. This looked yummy to me, I think if you boiled the cobs longer and with a cube of Knorr concentrated chicken brooth (I use these all the time in soups and stews) you might have liked it better, plus for me I whould definately add the bacon, I LOVE bacon. I will try this one for sure and of course your pictures are great!!! Now I know what to get Helen for Christmas LOL a corn stripper for the woman who has all the gadgets like you!