Cape Cod natives certainly know their chowder. This recipe, hailing from a Cape Cod family, is one of the best, most delicious we've discovered. Simple and satisfying, it's a wonderful antidote for a cold, autumn evening. Though far from a New England tradition, we like to serve our chowder with buttered cornbread and steamed green vegetables for a welcoming, nutritionally balanced meal.
Oyster crackers for garnish (optional and contain gluten)
Brown bacon in a deep, heavy-bottomed sauce pot over medium heat until crisp, about 6 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel-lined plate, and set aside. Add onion and celery to the pot with the bacon fat, and cook until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes.
Add potatoes and cook until beginning to soften, but not brown, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add stock, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are fork tender, about 10 minutes.
Add milk and half and half, fish, clam meat, dill and pepper. Simmer over low heat about 5 to 8 minutes or until fish is cooked through and liquid is steaming, but not boiling. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Transfer chowder to serving bowls and garnish with crispy bacon pieces and chives. Serve with oyster crackers, if desired.
Per Serving:450 calories (180 from fat), 20g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 105mg cholesterol, 940mg sodium, 33g carbohydrates, (3 g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 35g protein.
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