Corn Chowder with Grilled Shrimp
- 1⁄4 cup plus 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 2 Tbs. minced fresh basil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 18 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into
- 5 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 ears of corn, kernels removed
- 3 bacon slices, cooked and chopped
- 1⁄4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- Lime slices for garnish
In a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat, warm the 1 Tbs. oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for 2 minutes. Add the milk and cream, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the corn and bacon and cook for 5 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer 2 cups of the soup mixture to a bowl. Using an immersion blender, puree the remaining soup until smooth. Stir in the reserved soup mixture, the cayenne, salt and pepper and keep warm.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove the shrimp from the marinade; discard the marinade. Thread the shrimp onto skewers. Arrange the skewers on the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Ladle the chowder into warmed bowls. Garnish with the shrimp skewers and lime slices and serve immediately.