Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Shrimp and Corn Chowder/Souper Sundays

Happy Sunday! And it's "Souper Sunday" today---my first entry with Deb at Kahakai Kitchen. (I'm so excited to be in the company of these awesome soup makers)

This is an "Almost Homemade" soup, and you can make it in a snap.
Every January, I host a party, which has come to be known as my "soup supper". (see the slideshow to the left? 2008 Jan Soup supper ) I invite friends and ask them to bring a soup, a bread or a dessert to my house and we taste the night away. It's January, cold and snowy and it's just a good night. My friend Julie's husband Dave told me it's his favorite night of the year...I've been doing it for quite a few years now... what a compliment! It comes across as such a "lame" party when describing it...soup! How much fun can eating soup be? But with good friends and lots of laughter... it's so much fun, to brighten the middle of a cold winter.

We're such party animals. Mmmmm....give me some more of that fish stew, it's made with WINE. Oh now, I want some of that lentil soup, oh yeah... bring on the broccoli cheese baby!
We usually end the night with a game. (and then we get really wild)

There are usually 4 or 5 different soups. There have been up to 8 which is too many, because we want to taste them all...but if 8 or 9 show up, we'll struggle thru. I usually buy bowls at the dollar store, or truth be told, there have been a couple of years when I do purchase disposable bowls, but I don't like it very much. It's not just something I like, eating soup from disposable bowls. We just have so many soups to chose from and sometimes we don't want to mix flavors.

There is some good bread too. My sister in law Meghan is well known for her "World famous Cheesy Garlic Bread" but little does she know, in these parts of Northern Nevada, Shelly has taken that over and now it is known as "Shelly's" World Famous Cheesy Garlic Bread.

One year, my friend Lisa brought this Shrimp and Corn Chowder. It's so good and cream and warm. And EASY. It's "almost homemade"....

Shrimp and Corn Chowder

1/2 cup sliced green onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 tablespoons butter
2 10-oz cans cream of potato soup
1 1/2 soup cans milk
1 16-oz can whole kernel corn, drained
8-oz cream cheese, cubed
2 cups fresh shrimp, peeled, deviened. (big salad shrimp is good)
salt and pepper to taste
dash of paprika

Saute the green onions and garlic in the butter in a medium soup pot over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the soup, milk, corn, cream cheese. Simmer until the cream cheese is melted, add the shrimp, salt, pepper, paprika and bring to a soft boil. Cook for 1 minute.
Serve with a green salad and fresh buns.

It's the best!!

And let's not forget...
Shelly's World Famous Cheesy Garlic Bread/Meghan Stone's World Famous Cheesy Garlic Bread
(recipe courtesy of Meghan, but the photo is of Shelly's bread)

1 loaf crusty French Bread--preferably Parisian brand if you can get it.
1 cube of butter
3/4 cup Best Foods Mayonnaise
2-3 T. minced garlic
8-oz shredded Parmesan Cheese
8-oz shredded Romano Cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Fresh chopped parsley

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add garlic, saute till brown--about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Using wire whisk, blend in mayo. Add cheeses, mix together. You may add more or less cheese to your liking. Add parsley.

Cut loaf of bread in half--lengthwise. Rub with garlic cloves if desired. Spread on the cheese mixture.

Bake in oven about 10-15 minutes at 375. Adjust time with oven temps.
You can hit the broiler, but watch carefully.


Grace said...

chowder and cheesy bread--yes please! it's enough richness to tide me over for a week, and i'd consume it gladly. :)

Karen said...

What a fun thing to do on a cold January evening! We did something similar with our church years ago - 3 or 4 big pots of soup with homemade sandwiches. Mmmm! My hubby would love your shrimp and corn chowder, and my niece makes a parm bread similar to this one - it's sooo good! It's a deal... next time I'm thru Winnemucca, I'll stop at the Chamber!

Carla said...

I've never been one to make soup because I never grew up making soup except for stuff in a can, yuck! I think your blog will be very handy in providing new meals to try :)

Debinhawaii said...


Your chowder looks so hearty and delicious. I love the ease of almost homemade too! Thanks for participating in Souper Sundays! The post is up now.



Laurie said...

The soup looks great and I'm so glad you joined Deb's Souper Sundays. I love Deb's blog. She's created such a nice little community over there.

Lori said...

I love chowder! ANy kind of chowder is right up my alley.

Pam said...

You can't beat a big bowl of chowder with garlic bread. The whole meal looks wonderful.