About Chilled Corn Soup with Adobo Swirl

Guess what! It's finally sweaty as balls out there in the un-air-conditioned world! And the corn is as high as an elephant's eye, which I don't really understand, because I'm pretty sure corn isn't native to the same places elephants live. So unless, I don't know, the circus rolls into town (BOOOOOO CIRCUS!) and the elephants arrange some sort of massive jailbreak (AND WHO COULD BLAME THEM) and end up tromping through the cornfields of Iowa, how the hell would you know that the corn is as high as an elephant's eye? I mean, I suppose you could make a rough guesstimation as to the height of an elephant's eye, but Americans did not put a man on the moon with guesstimations. Much.

ANYWAY, the point is that corn is 10 for a dollar at my local Safeway, and although corn on the cob is DELICIOUS, it also crams all in between your teeth which is annoying. So I figured, why not make some corn soup? Oh yeah, because it's sweaty as balls out there in the un-air-conditioned world. Then how about we make some chilled corn soup? BRILLIANT!

For four bowls you'll need:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion (like a Vidalia or a Maui or even a Walla Walla)
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 4 ears of corn; I used white corn but any color will do ya)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth for you vegetarians out there)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup (or less) water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
(In case you were wondering, what makes this soup instead of the more traditional corn chowder is the lack of cream in the recipe. Also probably some potatoes or something. Whatever, like you care.)

First off, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large, heavy saucepan or dutch oven over medium-high heat. When the oil gets shimmery add the onion and a small pinch of salt and sauté until soft, about 4 minutes.

Next add the corn kernels, broth, and 1 tablespoon of the lime juice. Bring the mixture to boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the corn is just tender. This will take about about 3 minutes.

Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until almost smooth. IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE (although it's not to the side, which I guess makes it more of an IMPORTANT WITHIN-PARAGRAPH NOTE): When pureeing hot liquids in a blender, make sure you take the little nubbin thing off of the blender lid. I don't really know what that's called, if it's called anything at all, but it's the thing that leaves a giant hole in the lid. And now you're probably asking yourself why you'd want a giant hole in the blender lid, because isn't a lid supposed to, you know, seal shit up? And this is true, but if you don't have a giant hole in the lid when you're blending hot liquids there would be no place for steam to escape and with no place for steam to escape you get HOT STEAMING EXPLOSIONS. Hence, the Industrial Revolution.

But, you still have a giant hole in the lid which can (and does, believe me) lead to splash back, so just hold a kitchen towel over the hole to catch any soup that might be organizing a massive jailbreak.

Pour your batches of pureed soup into a large bowl, then stir in the remaining tablespoon of lime juice and up to a cup of water (just add a little at a time to thin the soup to your desired consistency). Season up your corn soup with salt and pepper to taste, then cover the bowl and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours or overnight.

Now, this might not taste like a whole lot of fabulousness now but just before you're getting ready to serve your soup whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil together with the adobo sauce. Drizzle each bowl of soup with the adobo oil and then garnish with a healthy amount of cilantro.

I guaran-fucking-tee it: FABULOUSNESS.


  1. Hmmm. That does look like good eatin'. Also, I learned something about the industrial revolution.

    I discovered the little doohickey on the top of the blender lid the first time I used it to make pumpkin bisque. I turned the blender on, hot liquid shot skyward, and there followed yelling (I'm quoting myself here: 'OW! FUCKER!'). No problems since then, though.

  2. I think that's a lesson everyone has to learn for themselves.

  3. Corn's on out here too. And it was spinach soup, incidentally, that taught me about the blender lid-gap.

  4. It's OK to eat this for breakfast? Awesome. May I have some?

  5. we ate it all. sorry :(

  6. i havent finished reading this yet. tears.
    - at first I'm all happy and lalala, cause I finally get a moment to catch up on your blog and youre dicing and de-kernaling(?) and then wham. The elephants.
    I couldnt even watch it all. I wanted to beat that mean guy up and then make him sit in the corner and then go to a shrink and then lots of other mean things.

    But, I'm sure the recipe is great. I have to go cry now.