Let’s set the scene: It’s Sunday evening and you just skied hard – 8 am wake-up for a failed attempt at first chair, lunch and then a couple more before it got too dark and cold. You’re still hungover from Saturday shenanigans, where you got to carried away buying pitchers for all your snow-friends at the bar. It’s not like the days when you were 18 21 and can bounce back at the crack of dawn anymore. You think your pounding booze-headache burned off during the full day on the mountain, but you just can’t keep sipping that hot cocoa with a heavy splash of rum – more like a small waterfall of rum – to make you feel just that much better. Your body is finally warm and pupils search under heavy-eyelids to find Valhalla on Netflix; your girlfriend on the far end of the couch is feeling just about the same, and a buddy on the sofa with a beer in his hand, seems to sink deeper into the couch than you. Here’s a killer après eats recipe.
What’s on the stove? Potato. Bacon. Corn Chowder. Potato Bacon Corn Chowder. PotatoBaconCornChowder. It’s like that stupid “Puppy Monkey Baby” SuperBowl commercial – mix 3 things and get something great (oh my God, the advertisement worked). It’s the perfect combo of belly-filling, good-tasting lounge-inducing food.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk (don’t get fat-free, no diets on the mountain)
- 1 can (14 oz) creamed corn
- 1/2 lb bacon (I put 3/4 lb because, bacon)
- 1/4 cup chopped onion (tip: 1/4 of an actual onion)
- 5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
- salt & pepper to taste (can’t go wrong with garlic salt)
- Optional: pinch of flour to thicken as desired
Prep this the night before and you don’t really have to work.
- Throw potatoes in the pot, add water to cover. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to medium heat and cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Stir here and there.
- In the meantime, cook bacon, sauté onion and open condensed milk and creamed corn cans (sauté onion in bacon grease at your own risk – I got another pan dirty).
- Drain potatoes, but keep 1 cup of the potato water!
- Throw in corn, milk, spices and potato water back into pot and simmer until heated through, then chop/rip up bacon into smaller bits and throw that in along with your sautéed onion. Give it a stir.
- Optional: If you want a thicker chowder, sprinkle a little bit of flour and mix in – give it time to simmer and actually thicken before adding more. Less is more!
This much should serve about 6. That’s just enough to divide between 3 enormous bowls, not finish and fall asleep on the couch with. Cheers!