Latin Corn Chowder with Cheese-Chili Toasts

Menu Part: 
Soup
Cuisine Type: 
Latin
Serves: 
8

A soul-satisfying soup that is spicy and full of corn. The melted cheese toast topping adds a great bit of crunch.

Ingredients

1 large onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. cumin
2 poblano peppers, roasted, peeled and pureed
2 cups corn kernels, roasted
8 cups chicken stock
1⁄2 cup heavy cream
1⁄4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 baguette, thinly sliced on the bias
1⁄2 cup parmesan or aged manchego cheese, shredded
Cilantro, as needed
Corn tortillas, as needed
 

Steps

1. In a large pot over medium heat, sauté onion, carrot and celery in oil until crisp-tender.

2. Add cumin, pureed poblano peppers, corn and chicken stock; bring to a simmer. Slowly add cream, stirring, and return to a simmer. Reduce to desired consistency; season to taste and reserve warm.

3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and chili powder; season to taste.

4. On a sheet pan, arrange baguette slices. Spread with seasoned mayonnaise and top with shredded cheese. Briefly toast under a broiler until light brown and cheese is bubbly.

5. Float toasts on top of individual soup servings; garnish with cilantro and a side of warm corn tortillas.
 

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion
k-12

The School Nutrition Foundation —the School Nutrition Association’s philanthropic sibling—and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign have partnered to launch an initiative called Schools as Nutrition Hubs.

“No Kid Hungry really sees schools as a critical place in the fight against childhood hunger,” says Laura Hatch, director of national partnerships for No Kid Hungry. “Schools are really a no-brainer because they have the infrastructure, they have the experience, it’s a trusted place for families. And being able to maximize their programs and maximize the federal...

Managing Your Business
teamwork pack

As summer begins to fade and vacation season comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about revitalizing staffers’ connections to one another . It’s certainly no secret in the Winsight offices that I’m a bit of a social butterfly, which, in turn, means I’m a rockstar at team building. Can you spot the inter-office activity I haven’t organized from the list below?

• Breakfast Sandwich Fridays: Co-workers rotate responsibility of providing ingredients for customizable sandwiches. Mimosas may have been involved. • “Sound of Music” Soundtrack Singalong Thursdays. The majority of...

Ideas and Innovation
walk-in cooler

The walk-in cooler can serve as a gathering place for more than just produce. When temperatures rise, staff at Empire State South restaurant in Atlanta host meetings in the walk-in and make occasional trips to hang out throughout the day to beat the back-of-house heat.

Managing Your Business
student shame
Let students charge meals

“We allow students to charge meals at all levels; even in high school, they can charge a certain number of meals. [After that is met,] they are given an alternate meal,” says Sharon Glosson, executive director of school nutrition services for North East Independent School District. Elementary students can charge up to $15 of meals; middle schoolers can charge $10; and high schoolers can charge $5. “Ultimately, [food services is] carrying out the policy; but we’re not necessarily the creators of the policy, [nor do we] have the final say ... because that budget...

FSD Resources