Butter & Sea Salt Popcorn Chowder ~ #SundaySupper Bento #124

by The ROXX Box on September 29, 2013

in #SundaySupper, Dinner ideas

In August, my family and I took a 7 day Disney cruise.  While on the cruise, we ate a lot of unforgettable meals.  It was nice seeing my kids try new things, and actually enjoy it.   One night while dining in one of the restaurants on the cruise, our waiter asked if we were interested in trying popcorn chowder.  I had NEVER heard of popcorn chowder, so I was curious to see what it was all about.

Upon the first bite, I loved the sweet, creamy taste, and the crunch from the popcorn garnished on top.  But after a few bites, I got tired of the smooth texture.  It was a bit too pureed for my liking.  I love hearty soups, with bits and pieces of chopped up vegetables/meats for me to chew on.

When I decided to make my own version of this popcorn chowder, I knew I wanted corn to be the base ingredient.

Butter & Sea Salt Popcorn Chowder

This chowder is very easy to make and packed with flavor. And when you tell people it’s popcorn chowder, they will say, “Popcorn what!!??” I love making fun recipes :)

I decided to share this fun recipe with my #SundaySupper audience, since the theme for this week is Crunchy Goodness!!

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You start off with a corn/potato chowder base.

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Then you add some really delicious, freshly popped popcorn. I used Quinn Butter & Sea Salt Popcorn.

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The popcorn will start to break down once it hits the hot liquid.

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Then just mix everything together and serve.

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So yummy!!!

Popcorn Chowder

And to make it even better, garnish with some leftover freshly popped Quinn popcorn.

Butter & Sea Salt Popcorn Chowder

Ingredients

1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup shredded carrots
1/3 cup chopped celery
1 tsp minced garlic
1 1/2 cups canned sweet corn kernels (drained)
1 bay leaf
3 1/2 cups milk
1 cup diced red potatoes (skin on)
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
Kosher salt/fresh ground pepper
2 cups QUINN Butter & Sea Salt Popcorn

Drections

1.  In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.

2.  Add onions and saute until soft.

3.  Add garlic, and cook until garlic turns slightly brown.

4.  Next add carrots and celery, and saute for about 3-4 minutes.

5.  After the carrots and celery have been in the pan for about 3-4 minutes, add milk, and bay leaf.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.

6.  Slightly cover pot, and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.  Make sure the heat is low to prevent milk from scalding.

7.  After 20 minutes, add potatoes, red pepper, salt/pepper to pan and stir.

8.  Allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.

9.  Next add corn kernels, and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.

10.  Using a hand held emulsifier, pulse the soup inside of the pot, to allow it to slightly thicken.  Don’t pulse too much, as you want the chowder to be relatively chunky in texture.

11.  Once soup is at a thickness you desire, add popcorn and stir.

12. Serve immediately and garnish with left over QUINN popcorn.

And you can even pack leftovers in your lunch box.  Packed soup in my Laptop Lunches lunch box.

Popcorn Chowder in Laptop Lunches

Be sure to check out my other #SundaySupper food bloggers, as they share their Crunch Goodness ideas.

Crispy Appetizers:

Bitterballen from The Urban Mrs.
Caprese Wontons from Jane’s Adventure in Dinner
Crispy Broccoli Cheddar Bites from Curious Cuisiniere
Naanchos from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Waldorf Salad from Noshing With The Nolands

Crunchy Entrees and Sides:

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Homemade Shake and Bake from Growing Up Gabel
Crunchy Crusted Chicken Strips with Chipotle Honey Mustard from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure
Flautas de Rajas con Queso (Cheesy Poblano Pepper Taquitos) from La Cocina de Leslie
German Green Beans from Fast Food to Fresh Food
Penny’s Taco Salad from Webicurean
Popcorn Chowder from The ROXX Box
Rosemary Garlic Croutons on layered Savoy Cabbage Soup from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Strawberry and Mozzarella Flatbread from Family Foodie

Munch on Snacks:

Crunchy & Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Crunchy Granola Bars (Better than Nature Valley) from Shockingly Delicious
Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Spice Roasted Chickpeas from Daily Dish Recipes
Duck Fat Chex Mix from The Texan New Yorker
Easy Vegan Granola from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Fried Veg Momos with Cheese Recipe from Masala Herb
How to Make Homemade Sweet and Salty Trail Mix from Neighborfood
Orange Spiced Cashews from Hip Foodie Mom
Peanut and Pretzel Popcorn Balls from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Pumpkin Spice Granola from Home Cooking Memories
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Hezzi-D’s Cooks and Books
Slow Cooker Bar-B-Q Party Mix from Hot Mamma’s Kitchen Chaos
Sourdough Grissini from girlichef
Spicy Lentil Crackers from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pepitas from Alida’s Kitchen
Sweet Potato Chips from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Unbaked Healthy Oatmeal Sesame Bars from My Trials In The Kitchen
Vanilla Almonds from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Crisp Dessert:

Boo Berry Cereal Treats from Pies and Plots
Choco-Caramel Squares from Basic N Delicious
Chocolate Covered Potato Chip Rice Krispie Treats from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Pecan Biscotti from The Food Army Wife
Cookie Brittle from Juanita’s Cocina
Double Banana Pie Krispie Treats from What Smells So Good?
Honeycomb Crunch Candy from Food Lust People Love
Momofuku Chocolate Chip Cornflakes Cookies from Ninja Baking
Nutty Wedges with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream from Magnolia Days
Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies from Take A Bite Out Of Boca
Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies from Mess Makes Food
 
Be sure to join the #SundaySupper chat at 7 PM {ET} on Twitter. We’re discussing ‘Crunchy Goodness’!
 

Enjoy!!

Rox

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