Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Corn Soup a la Patricia Wells



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Please, Please, Please.... If you haven't had this soup, try it now while fresh corn is still available. I can't say enough good things about this very simple starter. Freshly shucked corn is scraped from the cob and simmered, along with the cobs, in a low fat milk. The flavor of the corn infuses the milk which thickens slightly as it cooks. The mixture is then pureed to almost perfect smoothness before being seasoned with salt and pepper. The soup is finished with a garnish of fresh cilantro and a sprinkling of smoked Spanish paprika. It's the creation of Patricia Wells and it is another example her simply elegant handling of ingredients. I've made no changes to her recipe. I do, however, capture and use all the "milk" from the scraped cobs and let the soup steep for an hour more than the recipe suggests. I rarely get excited about recipes, but this one made my socks go up and down. I've frozen a more than adequate quantity for our Thanksgiving dinner. It is easy, inexpensive and would make a perfect first course for a holiday meal. The sprinkling of smoked paprika takes the soup to another level, so be sure to use it. It adds flair and a unique flavor component to the soup. I know you'll love this. Here's how it's made.

Addendum: This recipe works only with fresh sweet corn. The cob and "milk" both add additional flavor that gives the soup its intensive corn taste.

Corn Soup a la Patricia Wells...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Patricia Wells

Ingredients:

3 ears fresh corn, shucked
6 cups 1% milk
2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1/4 fresh cilantro leaves (for garnish)
about 1 teaspoon hot smoked spanish pimentón de la Vera

Directions:

1) With a sharp knife scrape kernels off corn cobs. Be sure to catch any milky liquid that is released while you do this.
2) Place kernels, cobs and milky liquid in a saucepan or skillet large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add milk and salt. Cover and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook at a bare simmer for 45 minutes. I let mine simmer for an hour and then sit for an hour before proceeding.
3) Remove corn cobs, and put milk and corn mixture in a blender and puree until corn is broken up but still maintains a bit of texture. Adjust seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste.
4) Just before serving, garnish with pimentón and cilantro. Serve warm or cold. Yield: 6 servings.

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Corn Fritters with Maple Syrup - Meats, Roots and Leaves
Corn and Edamame Succotash - One Perfect Bite
Sweet Corn Ice Cream - One Perfect Bite

75 comments:

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

You had me when I saw the picture Mary! I love fresh corn cobs, and in a soup it wouold be great too.

A Hopeful Heart said...

Sounds delish!!! And if you are excited about a recipe, that's good enough for me. I will definitely be trying it.

Blessings,
Patti

Juliana said...

Mary, how funny...I just posted a corn pudding, which is so similar to your corn soup, only a sweet version :-) Have a great week!

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, if your socks danced, I'm on board. I just put corn on my market list for tomorrow
xoxo Pattie

Jess @ Bakericious said...

this soup sound and looks delicious and since you are excited over it, I can confirmed this soup not only looks but it is really delicious :)

Jenn said...

If it tastes even half as good as it looks in the picture... sign me up!! I love finding ways to use up fresh corn...thanks for sharing!

Haden News said...

Mary, I made your Firehouse Chili on Sunday...we loved it!! Guess next of my list is this soup, I have a cookbook that I purchased at a booksigning from Patricia! She is a very sweet lady.

The Words Crafter said...

I love corn and this sounds really very good. If I can't find any fresh corn, would frozen kernels work?

Velva said...

I need to get some fresh corn! This is perfect. I will be making this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Dishesdone said...

I will be making this one, my son loves corn soup! Looks delicious!

Ginny said...

Oh, this looks so good. I can smell the corn now! A real good fall harvest recipe for cool nights!

~ Chef Louise said...

ooooh I read the description and immediately could taste it. The sweet taste of corn, ahhhh . The only thing better than corn soup is corn risotto.

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

This looks really yummy! I've never tried to make it before. Thanks!

Donna

What's next said...

I LOVE fresh corn. I'll be trying it this weekend!

alison said...

great look and sounds delicious,i love the corn!

aipi said...

I love corn too..soup looks so comforting n hearty..thanks a lot for sharing!

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Martha said...

I love corn soup (as well as corn chowder) and love the simplicity of these ingredients. Patricia Wells is always a winner -- I may see if Sarah will make this for us tomorrow.

Biren said...

I just made corn chowder but this smooth, creamy version sounds really enticing.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Fresh sweet corn is one of my favorite summer treats- this soup looks like a wonderful way to preserve a little bit of summer! Boiling the cobs with the corn sounds interesting- this I'll have to try!

Indie.Tea said...

It looks delicious. And a good, inventive use of the last of the summer corn :)

James said...

I love corn soup! You are so right--I need to make this while fresh corn is readily available!

Jeannie said...

We have corns available the year round so I can put this in my to-cook list:D:D sounds like a yummy soup for dipping crusty bread in.

Jamie said...

I just don't make enough soup and yours are always a nudge and a reminder how wonderfully cozy and delicious soups can be! xo

Lucie said...

I can only imagine what a wonderful taste the fresh corn "milk" must impart to the soup--sounds great, Mary!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have never had corn soup, one on my 'to try' list. Diane

Sushma Mallya said...

I love corn soup and this simply looks yummy...

patissierement-votre said...

Yum , this reminds me of the Whole Food market corn chowder :)

My Little Space said...

My goodness, you made this sounds so delicious! So, it's a must to try this out. Bookmarked this! Thank you very much & enjoy your day.
Cheers, Kristy

bellini valli said...

I must get some corn while I am at the market this weekend!!!

TMC said...

it looks like velvety elegance in a dish!

From the Kitchen said...

I'm making this soup tomorrow because it sounds delicious and I want to see if I can make my socks dance.

Best,
Bonnie

alwayswinner786 said...

This corn soup is so simple and refreshing that I could have it any time and every time! Looks great!

Design Wine and Dine said...

You have me dying to make this Mary! I was sold from the second I clicked on your blog and saw that delicious photo - but then after reading, forget it, it's a done deal! I'll let you know how it goes!

Tasha said...

I do love soup, and this one sounds wonderful. I think it's time I purchased some smoked paprika- I come across too many recipes that call for it not to have it in my spice collection.

Keeley said...

This looks easy and delicious! My family loves fresh corn. The challenge will be finding some corn in mid-September in DE, PA, or NJ!

Victoria said...

I love fresh corn ... In a soup as in any other recipes. Your soup is definitely a treat! Have nice day.

Katerina said...

I am sure that when you Mary say it is good then it is definitely good. I trust your taste and sincerity about what what you make.

lostpastremembered said...

You make my socks go up and down.. I laughed so much at this charming cartoon image... the soup looks like it would do that... just in time for the end of corn season here.. Thanks Mary!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Perfect soup,Lovely presentation...

Brenda said...

What a fantastic photo! It makes me want some of that soup right now. It sounds so wonderful Mary and looks delicious!

Susi said...

What a simple soup that makes corn the shining star! It sounds delightful :o)

Umm Mymoonah said...

Looks so yummy with the fresh corn.

Jennifurla said...

My little one is a corn addict and would love this, thanks for sharing.

June said...

Wow - I can't wait to give this a try. Thanks Mary for the inspiration.

kelly said...

I just made some corn soup, but it was a la me, and not Patricia Wells whose recipes I love! Looking at your delicious bowl makes me want a bite all over again :)

Sweet and Savory said...

How interesting to cook the cobs also. I can see where that would increase the flavor ten-fold.

Cheryl said...

OH my gosh that looks amazing, my husband and father in law adore corn in any format. This is on my list of things to make!

Clarity said...

Dear Mary,

I am pleased we found eachother's blogs. This recipe makes me want to go out and buy some fresh corn now (which I've never done). Yes, this looks gorgeous. I do wonder though if I could use sage instead of cilantro as I am the only one who does not like the flavour here. Thank you for sharing this.

If you ever come up with a seafood chowder, let me know.

Suman Singh said...

I love fresh corn on cobs and this soup looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

RamblingTart said...

Fresh corn soup sounds absolutely amazing, Mary!!! I bet it made your socks go up and down!! :-) Delicious. :-)

The Blonde Duck said...

I've really been into fresh sweet corn lately.

Pierce said...

I'm a big fan of Patricia Wells....you did her proud. Thanks for the lovely comments you made at my blog - I appreciate it!!

Ivy said...

Thanks for passing from my blog Mary and it's a pleasure meeting you. The soup sounds amazing and I will surely try it although it is still hot here in Greece and don't know how long there will be fresh corn.

Adelina said...

Our local grocery got some excellent deal on corn the other day : 15 c a piece, you cannot go wrong! still have a few corn ears left - will give it a try- it is inspiring that the recipe is very simple, no riot of ingredients in it. One question...can I keep it in the pressure cooker at low for about the third of the time required by conventional cooking? I love cutting the cooking time, but I do not want to compromise on the quality...sometimes it is the simmering that does the trick:)

Pam said...

I just realized that I've never had corn soup. This is a simple recipe and I am sure it's delicious! Bookmarked.

Rachana said...

I love corn soup and your recipe sounds really good. Yumm!

Susan said...

Mary, who had me when you said your socks went up and down. I know that means you have a real winner there. Can't wait to try it. Fortunately for us, we can get fresh sweet corn throughout the winter in Florida.

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A Feast for the Eyes said...

I am having a love affair with corn. We still have plenty in our neighborhood corn field, but I like the idea of making this for Thanksgiving. Great idea!
PS: Envisioning your socks going up and down gave me a chuckle.

Bookmarked!

theUngourmet said...

You just can't beat fresh local corn on the cob! This soup looks fantastic. I love the cilantro and smoked paprika in here too!

bj said...

This sounds just delicious. Anything that makes YOUR socks go up and down will make mine fly right off my feet.

Debinhawaii said...

I have made this soup before--it is truly delicious--and so simple too.

penny aka jeroxie said...

No corns yet over here! this looks good and I don;t mind a couple of bowls.

Celeste said...

Yes, ma'am, I WILL try it! Your excitement gets me excited! :)

Emily Z said...

Wow, your corn soup looks and sounds so delicious. I love anything that involves corn, it really has such great flavor!

Brian Kesler said...

Love love this recipe! Stress free and looks amazing. :)

Brian Kesler

keslerskitchen.blogspot.com

Eliana said...

This is simpkicity at it's best. Looks so delicious.

tease-spoon of sugar said...

This looks great! I now know what to do with the corn that's sitting in my fridge! What a great recipe - so simple too. Thanks for sharing!

George said...

This just looks and sounds amazing.

Kim said...

It's amazing how soemthing so simple can leave a lasting impression like this. love the photo!

Claudia said...

You convinced me. Will pick up the corn this weekend while we still are blessed with it.

Terrianne, Call me Ree said...

Ooh, corn soup is one of my favorite things in the world! This looks great. =)

Kathryn said...

I love this time of year- it's the perfect soup weather! I recently made tortellini sausage soup, but your soup looks WAY better!

ginsengli bobo said...

You’re a very good writer!

Maria said...

Soy devota de las sopas y más aún de las que son simples y deliciosas como ésta.

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