Monday, September 12, 2011

New England Seafood Chowder

Being in New England, we have acess to the most beautiful seafood, and i am here to take full advantage of it.. in any way, shape, manner, or form. This is my ULTIMATE comfort food, chowder.

lb shrimp, with shells on, raw
1 lb bay scallops
1 haddock fillet
1 can minced clams
6 cups water
4 slices bacon, cut into lardons ( small slices)
4 small red potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 onion, minced
2 large carrots, peeled and minced
2 celery ribs
whole milk or half and half
Old Bay Seasoning , salt and pepper,
Start by boiling shrimp with shells on just until they turn pink.. Save the boiling liquid and peel shrimp.
Set shrimp aside.
Cook bacon in a large pot till crispy. Remove from pan and reserve fat. Sautee the red potatoes, onion,carrots, and celery root till almost tender. Add reserved shrimp water and simmer , covered about 20 minutes. If potatoes aren’t broken up enough , it can be placed in a food processor, but make sure you leave some potato out for texture.
Add the clams, haddock, and scallops. Let simmer about 10 min. Add the shrimp. Stir in the milk or cream to your desired consistancy.
Season to your taste. I like alot of Old Bay seasoning and sometimes add chicken or fish soup base to add more flavor. 

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