Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Sunday Dinner, Corn Chowder Edition

Back in college days, my freshman roommates and I decided the best way to snag a guy was to invite them over for Sunday dinner. Our plan was slightly flawed, in that we always had pretty much the same group of guys over and we only went on a small handful of dates with them.

Anyway. At the same time we were also pretty poor and not very skilled in the kitchen, but somehow, we were all talented enough to impress these 18 year old guys with our "home" cooking (actually, I think it was mostly Beka's dinner rolls, yum).

One of my favorite recipes came from the quietest and most studious of our apartment, Tanya (who is now going to pharmacist school). So simple, so cheap, so quick, so delicious... Can you tell why we loved it so much?

Here's the recipe.

Parmesan Corn Chowder

2 c. boiling water
2 c chopped potatoes
1/2 c sliced carrots
1/2 c sliced celery
1/4 c onion

Cover and simmer 10 minutes, do not drain.

Meanwhile, make a white sauce, with
1 & 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 butter/margarine
1/4 c flour
2 c milk

After sauce comes together, add:

1 c. parmesan cheese (I don't think we added this when I was in college, and frankly I found it to be a bit over powering, but Jeff LOVED it, I think it would be best with about a 1/2 a c), oh and don't worry about using that fancy fresh off the block stuff, grated Kraft in a jar would have been stretching our budget, if you know what I mean...

Add sauce to veggies, plus:

15 oz can corn (could be creamed corn, or about a can's worth of frozen corn)

Heat (do not boil) and serve. Oh, and add a bit more pepper if you are like me and you like a little more kick.

Seriously, so delicious and done from start to finish in less than 20 minutes!

One last note about making the white sauce, when I made this in college I would just throw everything in the veggie pot (don't judge, it was before foodnetwork) and it always tasted great, but last week when I made it again, actually making the white sauce, it was better than I remembered!

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jjstringham said...

I remember her chicken enchiladas that were SOOOO yummy. Loved those days. Especially since I rarely did anything except hang out in the kitchen while you guys did all the work. :-)

Traci said...

Hey thanks for posting the recipe. How many would you say it serves? I was thinking of making some extra and freezing it for a really easy dinner later, but I don't want to go overboard and make gallons of it.

Laura said...

For us, Jeff and I both ate dinner one night, and then I ate lunch twice, and he had it as a snack once... so in answer to your question, it was about 4 and half meal size servings.

Traci said...

It turned out very delicious. Thanks!

Untypically Jia said...

Oh my goodness this sounds sooo good! I have to make it just to see what it looks like!

Amy from Texas said...

That sounds so good! Thanks for posting the recipe. Yum.

Kim said...

Sounds good. I think I'll try it tomorrow. Thanks for the idea.

Laurin @ Laurin and Kelly Talk said...

I've been looking for a good corn chowder recipe. I'll be trying this one this weekend. Sounds delicious.

Melanie said...

My mouth is watering! Can't wait to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing.


Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

Oh yum, thanks for sharing!! I can remember how excited we got for a good "home cooked" meal when we were in college :)