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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Simple Fish Chowder


Every summer while I was growing up, my mom, sister and I would pack our suitcases and head to the east coast for a couple of weeks. We spent a week visiting my Grandpa and Mimi in Massachusetts and a week visiting my Aunt Meg in Maine. Every year before we came, Aunt Meg would make a giant batch of fish chowder and we would eat it several times during the trip.

The other night, my parents and I were talking about fish and I got this MAJOR CRAVING for that fish tonight I whipped up a batch.

Here's Aunt Meg's recipe:

1/4 lb salt pork, diced (I used 3 slices of turkey bacon)
2 onions, diced (I used 1 onion)
4 cups potatoes, cut small (I used 2 medium sized white potatoes)
2 lbs fish fillets (Haddock is best, but cod or any other white fish would work...i used two fillets for a total of about 1 1/4 it skinless or take it off yourself!)
salt and pepper
2-3 cups milk, evap milk or half and half (I used 2 1/2 c skim milk..if you want it a little thicker and more chowder like, you could use half and half)


Dice the bacon and place in a dutch oven over medium heat. 

 Add a diced onion and heat slowly until soft and yellowed.

 Dice potatoes and add to the onion mixture:


Cover the potatoes with broth or water. The original recipe calls for just water but I had some broth that I needed to use up so I used a combination. 

Get your fish ready. If necessary, use a sharp knife to remove the skin.

 Lay the fish on top of the potatoes. Don't worry about cutting it up, it will flake apart when cooked.

Add some seasonings. I used black pepper and Old Bay seasoning:

 Bring the mixture to a boil, cover and cook until fish and potatoes are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Use a spatula to break the fish into chunks.

 Reduce the heat and add the milk. Heat through but don't boil.

Ladle and serve. I only had a small bowl tonight because it's even better on days two and three!

It's not the most photogenic dish, but it tastes delicious!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe you it tastes delicious! I love a good chowder.

January 3, 2011 at 9:53 AM  

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