Simple Fish Chowder Made with Chowder Mix
Chowder mix is worth buying if you spot it at a fisherman’s market. This usually contains whitefish, scallops, salmon and shrimp, which combine to make a lovely chowder. The following recipe features potatoes, onion, and bacon for heartiness, as well as paprika for seasoning. Most of the flavor comes from the delicious seafood, and this is added near the end of cooking to ensure it does not overcook.
This is not a complicated recipe at all. In fact, it is really simple. Feel free to throw in some corn or other veggies if you like, or swap the bacon for salt pork cubes. For a meat-free chowder, just use a few tablespoons of oil instead of the bacon. You can personalize this fish chowder and make it your own by tweaking a few of the ingredients. Each time you make it you might have some new ideas for how to add a new flavor or additional texture.
Since a chowder is simply a thick soup, it is hard to get it wrong. It is up to you whether you puree the chowder or not, and at what stage of the recipe, but this one is nice unpureed, since the chunky potatoes, bacon and fish add a great texture, and the potatoes tend to fall apart in the chowder anyway, regardless of whether you puree.
- 3lbs fisherman's market chowder mix (white fish, scallops, salmon and shrimp)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 2 onions
- 12 medium potatoes
- 6 coarsely chopped bacon slices
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup light cream
- 2 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Boil the potatoes in lightly salted water for 10 minutes, or until they are partially cooked, then drain them.
- Fry the bacon over a medium heat in a heavy pot.
- Add the onions and cook until translucent.
- Add the flour and stir to make a paste.
- Reduce the heat.
- Add the cream, milk, paprika, butter, potatoes, salt and pepper.
- Simmer it for 20 minutes without letting it boil.
- Stir in the chowder mix and cook for another 5 minutes or until the seafood is cooked.
If you see some chowder mix at the market, buy it! You will be able to make this wonderful recipe with it. Fish chowder mix is colorful and economic and because the fish and seafood are already prepared, you will not have to do any shelling, trimming, chopping or picking out bones. Chowder mix is ready to be added to your best chowder recipe, to add a taste of the ocean. Serve your thick chowder by itself or, better still, with crusty bread on the side. Fish chowder is a recipe worth adding to your culinary repertoire, because it is a classic dish which everyone will enjoy.
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