Warm up a cold winter night with this creamy and delicious chowder recipe. Quick and easy to prepare, add it to your menu when company is coming.
In a large stock pot, cook bacon for 5 minutes over medium-high heat until almost crispy. Reduce heat to medium-low and add butter or oil, onions and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with flour and cook, stirring, for another 3 minutes. Add chicken stock, milk and potatoes. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook until potatoes are just tender, 12 minutes.
Stir in corn and sugar. Remove 2 cups and puree, then add back to pot, or use immersible blender to thicken soup in the pot. Stir in half-and-half, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring back to a simmer over medium heat, add red pepper and scallions and cook 5 more minutes. Garnish with cilantro; serve warm.