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New England Seafood Chowder

Serves 4
Time 45 min
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.
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Ingredients
  • 3 strips bacon diced
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 3 medium russet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 cups fish stock or clam stock
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 pound boneless white fish fillets diced
  • 1/2 pound clam meat chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives for garnish
  • Oyster crackers for garnish (optional and contain gluten)
Method

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.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 3 strips bacon diced
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 3 medium russet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 cups fish stock or clam stock
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 pound boneless white fish fillets diced
  • 1/2 pound clam meat chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives for garnish
  • Oyster crackers for garnish (optional and contain gluten)