Chowder is a thick cream soup often flavored with onions, bacon and potatoes or other starchy vegetables. The recipes are usually flexible, based on the ingredients at hand, and can be flavored in many ways.
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Basic Corn Chowder
A typical recipe for corn chowder, published by the North Dakota State University Extension Service, contains 4 cups corn, 2 tbsp. butter, 1 1/2 cups onion, 1/2 cup celery, 3 cups potatoes, 4 cups non fat milk and seasonings. This recipe makes 8 servings and has 220 calories per serving. It also offers 4.5 g of fat per serving.
African Corn Chowder Recipe
A recipe from Africa called mealie soup, published by the University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center, calls for 1 cup yellow onions, 2 oz. butter, 1 cup fresh tomatoes, 2 cups corn kernels, 2 cups cream-style corn, 1 can evaporated milk, 3 cups chicken stock plus salt and pepper. This recipe also makes 8 servings, at 300 calories per serving.
Add flavor and variety to corn chowder with vegetables like peppers, carrots, tomatoes and onions or other low-calorie non-starchy vegetables. Substitute lower-calorie non-starchy vegetables for part of the corn.