This is a simple yet hearty soup. We made a small batch just enough for the two of us for lunch during this funky quarantine time, and it’s really delicious and satisfying.
Here is the recipe we used that serves 2-4, depending if you’re having it as a main or side dish.
- 1 tablespoons butter
- 2 slices of bacon or ham
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 ribs celery, chopped
- 1-2 teaspoons of flour
- 2 medium size boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 2 cups fresh corn kernels (we used canned ones because it is what we have)
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups milk
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- Dash of paprika
- Sour cream, for serving (optional)
How to Make It
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over moderately low heat. Add diced bacon or ham, stir till it’s cooked through. Add onion, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour till it’s evenly mixed with the vegetables. Stir in the potatoes, 1 cups of the corn, the bay leaf, broth, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
In a blender or food processor, puree the remaining 1 cups corn with the milk. Stir the puree into the soup along with the black pepper. Simmer until the soup thickens slightly, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaf. sprinkle in the paprika. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream, if using.
It’s the Saturday before the Halloween, we have made some party plans for the evening, but there’s nothing going on in the afternoon. We thought it’d be perfect if we keep it low-key and just invite a couple of neighbors over and watch some college football. We bought some delicious seasonal pumpkin beer the day before, all we needed is a little snack for people to munch on during the game. Chris’s mom has this amazing recipe for black olive salsa, it looks simple, but it has the perfect amount of crunch and saltiness to go with the chips; it’s packed with flavors, and it’s pretty on the eyes, too! This is the perfect occasion for us to recreate this salsa to impress our neighbors!
Mom’s Black Olive Salsa
Serves: 8 / Prep & Cook Time: about 15 minutes
- 6 to 8 Roma tomatoes
- 1 red onion
- 3 tb of cilantro
- ½ head of garlic (5 or 6 garlic cloves)
- 1 can (6 or 7 ounces) of black olives
- ¼ cup of olives oil
- 1 small jar of (hot, medium or mild based on your preference) Picante sauce
- pinch of garlic powder
- salt (coarse if available) and pepper
Dice the tomatoes, removing seeds where possible (it’s not necessary to remove all of the seeds), and place in a large bowl. Next, finely dice the red onion and cilantro, then add to the tomatoes. Chop the garlic into small chucks and add to the bowl. At this point, pour the olive oil over the mix and lightly salt with ground coarse salt and add a pinch of garlic powder.
While this bowl of deliciousness marries, drain the black olives, chop and add. Pour in the Picante sauce and mix everything together, salt and pepper to taste.
We prefer to cover and cool in the refrigerator for maybe 20 minutes or so before serving. Serve with tortilla chips of choice.