Fresh Corn and Crab Chowder with Smoked Bacon and Chanterelles

This is the Holy Grail of Chanterelle mushroom feasts, the intensely fruity and haunting flavors of this wild mushroom combines magically with the fresh corn cob kernels and the smoked bacon umami flavors… along with the sweet briny rich crab taste of the sea… all in a creamy herb broth. It’s one of the top ten chowders we’ve ever made.  

We have included images of the basic ingredients, and the actual preparation is pretty easy. Fall is wild mushroom season, so now you can experience the joy of hunting for them yourself or simply use urban foraging and find them at your local farmer’s markets and quality grocery stores. Enjoy!   


6 ears fresh yellow corn cobs, 4 to cut the kernels off and 2 more to roast over flame
1 pound Chanterelle mushrooms

1 pound crab meat, we use fresh or frozen Dungeness crabs or buy Blue Crab lumps in a refrigerated can
2 pounds Yukon gold yellow potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 pound smoked bacon, chopped into bite sized pieces
4 cups chicken bone broth, already reduced from 6 cups broth
2 cups cream
1/4 cup dry Sherry or Marsala
2 onions, finely chopped
2 leeks, finely chopped, white part only
1 cup celery, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fennel seeds or 1 teaspoon Spanish paprika
2 ounces butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
1/2 cup fresh parsley

Prep Work

Carefully cut the kernels off 4 cobs and set aside the kernels and the 4 cobs.

On a BBQ or a broiler flame, sear the last 2 cobs until toasty and caramelized and set aside.

In a large stockpot, heat the 4 cobs (without kernels), chicken bone broth and the cream on a low simmer for a full 6 minutes and then remove from heat.


In a 12 to 14 inch cast iron pan, on medium heat, fry the bacon until browned and crisp, remove from the heat and chop into bite sized pieces. Pour off all but a tablespoon of bacon drippings.

In the same cast iron pan, add half the butter and the onions, leeks, celery and fennel seeds. Saute until the onions are opaque and the leeks are tender, about 5 minutes.

Add the potatoes and the contents of the large stockpot, including the chicken bone broth and the cream. Discard the 4 corn cobs. Simmer until the potatoes are nearly tender, about 8 minutes and then add the corn kernels. Turn off the heat and allow to marry.

In an other cast iron skillet, add the rest of the butter until heated and then the Chanterelles. Saute on high until the mushrooms have released their liquids and then absorbed them again, with a slight sear…about 5 minutes.

Now stir in the Sherry, crab, bacon and the thyme for 2 to 3 minutes.

Now add all this content to the chowder, along with the BBQ corn cobs, which were cut in half.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with parsley. Enjoy!