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Survey Says! Fish Chowder; My Boys #9 Favorite!

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Creamy, dreamy fish chowder is perfect for a chilly early spring evening- or anytime.  Curl up and enjoy. Don’t forget some warm, crusty bread.

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Creamy Dreamy Fish Chowder

What You Need

  • 8 oz. bacon
  • Three tablespoons butter
  • One large Vidalia onion, finely chopped
  • One shallot minced
  • Four celery stalks finely chopped
  • Kosher salt Freshly ground pepper
  • Three large Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1-1 1/4 lb.), peeled (optional) and cubed into 1/2″ pieces
  • One cup of fish stock or chicken stock (I prefer chicken stock)
  • 8 oz clam juice
  • Two tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • One 1/2-2 pounds skinless cod, haddock,
  • 2 cups half-and-half 2 cups of whole milk

What To Do

  • Line a half sheet pan with foil and cook the bacon at 400 until nicely browned, about 15 minutes- do not overcook it- you do not want it too crispy.
  • (If you prefer to cook the bacon in the pan on the stove you can. I find that cooking it in the oven is the best way. The bacon cooks evenly, and there is less of a mess and splattering.)
  • Place the bacon on paper towels and pat the excess fat off.
  • Add two tablespoons of the bacon fat in a Dutch oven or heavy pot and set the heat to medium.
  • Add the butter, onion, and celery to the pot.
  • Add kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally until the onion is translucent and the celery is soft, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes, clam juice, thyme, and broth.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer, and cook until the potatoes are tender, 10–15 minutes.
  • Season the fish with salt and pepper and place it on top of the potatoes.
  • Cover the pot and cook until fish is opaque and flaky throughout, 5–7 minutes (the timing depends on the thickness of the fish.)
  • Add half-and-half and milk one cup at a time allowing several minutes between each additional cup.
  • Return it to a simmer and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes.
  • Chop the bacon and use it to garnish each bowl.
  • Season with kosher salt and fresh pepper just before serving.
  • (This can be made up to two days in advance. It is super delicious after a day or two.)

 

Sparkle On, Friends.

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