Turkey Corn Chowder

Gluten Free Living – 2016

Turkey Corn Chowder is awesome! It’s also a scrumptious way to use up leftover turkey and turkey broth from the holidays! Plus, it has bacon! Everything is better with bacon. This soup is thickened when you puree half-and-half and corn together in a blender. It thickens the soup wonderfully. The primary seasoning for the chowder is rosemary. This is such a hardy herb that it is still growing in my pots outside in December and we’ve had a couple of freezes by now. Bay leaves and garlic add flavor, and potatoes, carrots and onions add texture along with the turkey and corn.

I saw this recipe right around Thanksgiving and knew it would be a fantastic way to use up leftover turkey. Boy, was I right! It was so mouthwatering. I had a bowl of this soup for lunch for several days and just loved the stuff. I love soups anyway, especially chowders that are thickened with cream. Yes, my weakness. While I try to eat more soups that are broth-based to cut calories, every now and then it’s good to splurge. Turkey Corn Chowder is such amazing comfort food that you hardly need anything else to accompany it. I served it with some leftover Gluten Free Cheddar Bay Biscuits that I made for Thanksgiving dinner. The combination was heavenly.

I made this recipe gluten free–and since it only calls for one tablespoon of flour, that was easy enough to do. It’s not low in calories since it uses both bacon and cream, but if you’re looking for a dynamite way to use up leftover turkey, this is it!

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Turkey Corn Chowder is one of the best soups you’ll ever eat! The combination of flavors is amazing.

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This is a great way to use up leftover turkey and turkey broth after the holidays.

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Turkey Corn Chowder is served with bacon! I also served it with homemade Gluten Free Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients. I had leftover turkey broth and turkey from Thanksgiving dinner, so this was a great recipe to make that with. I did not end up using any chicken broth because I had enough turkey broth.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

Cut bacon in pieces and fry in a large Dutch oven or stock pot. Remove bacon to paper towels. Do not drain grease.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

To grease in pan add onions and garlic. Saute a few minutes before adding gluten free flour.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

Stir to combine. Add turkey broth.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

Add carrots, potatoes, bay leaves, salt, pepper and two teaspoons freshly minced rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until veggies are tender.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

Combine half-and-half cream with half of the corn in a blender.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

Process until smooth. You will probably have to use a wooden spoon and move stuff around every few seconds so the corn doesn’t get stuck under the blade.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

Here the veggies are tender.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

Add the blended half-and-half/corn mixture to the Dutch oven.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

Add diced turkey, corn and remaining two teaspoons rosemary. Heat through.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

Stir to combine. Garnish with additional rosemary, as desired.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

Ladle Turkey Corn Chowder into bowls and top with bacon. Garnish with fresh rosemary.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

Turkey Corn Chowder is gluten free. So are the biscuits if you’re trying to keep to a gluten free meal.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

I love bacon in anything and it’s certainly good in this chowder.

 

Here’s the recipe.

TURKEY CORN CHOWDER

(Recipe adapted from The Cafe Sucre Farine)

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This fabulous chowder is thickened by pureeing half-and-half cream with corn! The combination of flavors in this soup, plus bacon for garnish, is irresistible. Great way to use up leftover turkey. Gluten free.
Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree
Instructions
  1. Cut bacon strips in half lengthwise and then cut strips again into ½-inch pieces.
  2. In a large Dutch oven or stock pot, cook bacon until crisp, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain.
  4. Add diced onions and cook for 3-5 minutes or until tender.
  5. Add gluten free flour and garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes until garlic is fragrant.
  6. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan for pieces of bacon and stir them into the mixture as they increase flavor.
  7. Add turkey broth, carrots, potatoes, bay leaves, 2 teaspoons of fresh minced rosemary, salt and pepper.
  8. Bring ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
  9. Meanwhile, combine half-and-half and half of the bag of thawed corn in a blender.
  10. Blend for 1-2 minutes or until mixture is silky smooth.
  11. Be prepared to stop and stir frequently so corn doesn’t bog down in the blender.
  12. After carrots and potatoes are tender, remove bay leaves.
  13. Add the blended corn and half-and-half mixture to the pot.
  14. Stir in additional 2 teaspoons of fresh minced rosemary, turkey and remaining corn.
  15. Return to heat and continue cooking until mixture is heated through.
  16. Check seasonings.
  17. Add additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  18. Ladle soup into bowls.
  19. Garnish with bacon and fresh minced rosemary, if desired.
Recipe Notes
Recipe adapted from The Cafe Sucre Farine.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

Blending half-and-half cream and corn is an ingenious way to thicken the soup.

Turkey Corn Chowder | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This amazing #soup recipe is thick & creamy. It uses #bacon along with other veggies. Great way to use up leftover #turkey. #glutenfree

I was a very happy camper after the opportunity to eat this fabulous chowder for a few days!

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