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Corn and Fingerling Potato Chowder with Applewood-Smoked Bacon

Corn and Fingerling Potato Chowder with Applewood-Smoked Bacon
Originally uploaded by jenianddean.

Since it’s freezing today and Columbia, South Carolina actually had snow last week, I thought I would post a yummy soup recipe. Toward the end of the summer I bought 30 ears of corns. I know it sounds crazy, but I cooked the corn, cut it off the cob, and froze it so we could have summer corn all through the winter. This recipe was perfect for the frozen corn. When you puree the soup it really makes the soup super thick and yummy. I love this soup because its flavor is out of this world, it’s low in fat and calories, and you get bacon!

I ended up doubling the recipe and freezing several servings. I thawed it over night in the refrigerator and it reheated wonderfully.

Corn and Fingerling Potato Chowder with Applewood-Smoked Bacon

As the name implies, fingerling potatoes have a narrow shape, similar to a finger. These baby white potatoes contain less starch than russet potatoes; waxy small red potatoes make a good stand-in.

2 slices applewood-smoked bacon
1 3/4 cups diced onion
3 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 7 ears)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
8 ounces (1/4-inch-thick) rounds fingerling potato slices
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Thyme sprigs (optional)

Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion to drippings in pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add corn, chopped thyme, and garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, milk, half-and-half, and potatoes; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.

Transfer 2 cups potato mixture to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth; return pureed mixture to pan. Stir in salt and black pepper; sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.

Yield: 5 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
CALORIES 186 (27% from fat); FAT 5.5g (sat 2.7g,mono 1.2g,poly 0.4g); IRON 1.1mg; CHOLESTEROL 18mg; CALCIUM 84mg; CARBOHYDRATE 27.8g; SODIUM 398mg; PROTEIN 7.6g; FIBER 3.4g
Cooking Light, AUGUST 2007

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French-Style Shrimp Salad

French-Style Shrimp Salad
Originally uploaded by jenianddean.

The day I made this salad I had been thinking about a shrimp salad all day. I decided to start looking through some old  Cooking Light magazines and this was the recipe that I came up with. And boy oh boy did I make the right choice – it was fantastic. The salad dressing is very refreshing and garlic-y. I did leave out the olives because I’m not really a fan of olives. I also substituted asparagus for the haricots verts because I had asparagus left over from the night before.

This recipe makes a HUGE salad! It would be great for a brunch, lunch, or dinner…yummy anytime!

French-Style Shrimp Salad

Assemble this salad in individual servings, or arrange it on a platter and serve family style. Niçoise olives are a small purplish-black variety; you can substitute kalamata. Serve with crusty French bread. This dish is a twist on the classic salade niçoise with tuna.

Vinaigrette:
6 garlic cloves, halved
2/3 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Salad:
2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
12 small red potatoes (about 3/4 pound)
1/2 pound haricots verts
Cooking spray
5 cups gourmet salad greens
4 cups torn romaine lettuce
1 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices red bell pepper (about 1 medium)
3 medium tomatoes, each cut into 6 wedges
1 (14-ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
3 hard-cooked large eggs, each sliced into quarters
1/2 cup niçoise olives
2 tablespoons capers

To prepare vinaigrette, drop garlic through food chute with food processor on; process until minced. Add broth and next 7 ingredients (through black pepper); process until well blended.

To prepare salad, combine 2 tablespoons vinaigrette and shrimp in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes, turning bag occasionally to coat shrimp. Place potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook 8 minutes. Add haricots verts to pan; cook 2 additional minutes or until haricots verts are crisp-tender and potatoes are tender. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Cut potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Set aside.

Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove the shrimp from bag, and discard marinade. Add shrimp to pan. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until the shrimp are done.

Combine potatoes, haricots verts, greens, lettuce, bell pepper, tomatoes, and artichokes in a large bowl. Add remaining vinaigrette, tossing gently to coat. Place lettuce mixture on a serving platter. Arrange shrimp and eggs over lettuce mixture; sprinkle with olives and capers. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 2 1/2 cups salad mixture, 5 ounces shrimp, 2 pieces egg, 4 teaspoons olives, and 1 teaspoon capers)
CALORIES 366 (30% from fat); FAT 12g (sat 2.2g,mono 6g,poly 2.2g); IRON 6.7mg; CHOLESTEROL 336mg; CALCIUM 179mg; CARBOHYDRATE 26.1g; SODIUM 798mg; PROTEIN 39.3g; FIBER 6.4g
Cooking Light, JULY 2006

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