Crab and Corn Chowder in the Crockpot

 

I love my slow cooker. I am on the search for great recipes that are easy. I try to read a magazine or two a week. One of my favorites is Family Circle. I decided for my Wednesday cooking adventure I would try their recipe for slow cooker crab and corn chowder. It was super. I would change a couple of things to make my life  easier the next time I make it. I would use frozen corn and I would double the batch. It made enough for two  dinners and one lunch. I didn’t add the crab until the end so I could feed it to my son who can’t eat shellfish. The last thing I would change is I would hide the leftovers until my husband finished packing his lunch so I could eat it. I doubled the crab (located near the fresh fish) and I still managed to make this soup for $16. I could have done better but the doubled crab amount was $8.00.  It was worth it!!!

Stay tuned what will I try next week as I seek a balance between my family, work, and a good meal?

Ingredients
  •  2  cans (14.5 ounces each)  low-sodium, 99 percent fat-free chicken broth (3-1/2 cups)
  • 1/2  pound  all-purpose potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1  cup  baby carrots, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1    medium-size onion, chopped
  • 2  ribs  celery, trimmed and diced
  • 1/2  teaspoon  fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1/4  teaspoon  Old Bay seasoning
  • 5  ears  corn on the cob, husks removed
  • 1    sweet red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1  can (12 ounces)  evaporated skim milk
  • 2  tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  container (8 ounces)  pasteurized crab claw meat (such as Phillips)

Directions

1. Combine chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, thyme and Old Bay in a large oval slow cooker. Place corn on the cob on top of vegetables. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6 hours.

2. In a bowl, stir together red pepper, evaporated milk, cornstarch and salt.

3. Uncover slow cooker and remove corn to a cutting board. Stir red pepper mixture into slow cooker, replace cover and cook on either HIGH or LOW for 1 hour.

4.Meanwhile, when cool enough to handle, cut kernels from cobs. Stir corn kernels and crabmeat into soup and heat through. Serve warm.

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