Comforts of home: Fancy grilled cheese and Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder

Fall is the season for warm, hearty soups, isn't it?

One of my very favorites is Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder.
The first time I tried it was at a soup exchange that I hosted a few years ago.

My sister in law brought this one, and it was my favorite.
And what is better with a big bowl of soup than grilled cheese?!

As a fun twist for fall, I am showing you these fancy grilled cheese sandwiches that you can make with a leaf cookie cutter.
Super fun, and super easy.  
Yummy, and a special treat for dinner with friends or family.

For the grilled cheese~
I have a couple leaf cookie cutters in my stash.
You can find these pretty easy at gift shops, cooking stores, or sometimes in your local grocery store with the seasonal baking goods.

My cutters aren't very big, so you might have some extra bread left over, but you can find bigger cutters that won't have as much waste.
I cubed my extra bread for another topping for dinner.

It's easier to cut out with a thicker type of bread- we really like sourdough, and it works great with the cookie cutter.
Once the bread was cut out, I did the same for the cheese.
I buttered the outside of the bread and fried it for about a minute on each side.
Crispy, ooey gooey, good!


 Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder:

1 1/2 c. shredded chicken
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 T butter
2 chicken bullion cubes
1 cup hot water
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 c. half and half (2% milk is fine too)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack
2 cups shredded cheddar
2 cans creamed corn
1 can whole corn kernel
4 oz green chiles
dash of hot pepper sauce

optional: 1 tomato, diced

Brown the chicken , onion, and garlic in butter until chicken is fully cooked.
Put into a large cooking pot.
Dissolve bullion in hot water.
Add to chicken mixture and season with cumin.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in crams, cheese, corn, chiles, and hot sauce.
Cook, stirring often until cheese is melted.
Stir in tomato if desired.

This rich and hearty soup is packed with flavor!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

xo Denise

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1 comment

  1. That's the cutest grilled cheese sandwich ever! Great idea!


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