I don’t know about you, but I love turning to classic comfort foods to both celebrate special moments and to get through hard times and nothing is more comforting than a hearty bowl of chowder.
For Bugsy’s first Father’s Day, I prepared a dinner menu of his favorites and decided a classic fish chowder would perfect the meal. With limited ingredients on hand, I used items I luckily had available to create a classic New England style chowder and was so pleased with the results that I had to share this super simple recipe with you.
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes | Servings: 6
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 medium onions, chopped (about 2 cups)
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
- 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 3 cups chicken or fish broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/s teaspoon of thyme
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning
- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds cod, or other firm white fish, pin bones removed, fillets cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 cup of shrimp, peeled and deveined (or any other seafood of your choice, like crab or lobster meat, clams, etc.).
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream (best if not substituted with light cream, half and half or milk, which will require a thickening agent like flour or may curdle if too hot).
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Heat oil and butter in the bottom of a large pot on medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened and caramelized, about 5 minutes.
- Add the wine and turn up the heat, cook, uncovered until the wine reduces by half.
- Add potatoes, fish or chicken broth and spices (note: potatoes should be just covered with liquid in the pot. If not, add water).
- Bring to a simmer, then lower the heat to medium and cook, covered, until the potatoes are almost soft, about 10-15 minutes.
- Heat cream in a separate pot until steamy, but not boiling.
- Add heated cream to soup.
- Add fish and seafood and cook on low heat, uncovered until the fish and seafood is just cooked through, about 10 minutes.
- Mix in parsley before serving with crusty bread or oyster crackers.
Let me know how you like the recipe in the comments below!