Sunday, October 9, 2011

SUNDAY SOUP - Fish Chowder

At our house, we cannot eat chowder without calling it "Chow-da" with a Bostonian accent.  It comes from a Simpson's episode.  Try not to judge.

We had shrimp pasta the night before so I kept the shrimp shells to make an easy breezy fish stock.


 I covered the shells with water and added a bay leaf.  You could do a thousand things to make the stock taste better:  celery and celery leaves, peppercorns, carrots, other fish pieces, whatever. At our house, Monday is grocery day, so a bay leaf was all I had to add.  :(


Set your pot to simmer, let it go for about 2 hours, and now you have a stock for your soup.  Obviously, you could use veggie or chicken stock if you didn't have the time or inclination to make the shrimp stock.

Start by sauteeing onions with a bit of oil and dried chilies.



Deglaze the plan with some wine.  I used a white (Riesling).


Shred some carrots.


Add carrots and corn (frozen, fresh, off the cob, whatever you have).


Add the fish and stock and let simmer.


After about 30-60 minutes (depends entirely on how much the smell is making you crazy to eat it), check and adjust your seasonings.  Add a chopped tomato (preferably from your garden).


Finally, throw in 1-2 tablespoons of butter plus 1/4 cup of cream.  Simmer (without boiling) for about 15 minutes, and that will do the trick.  I like to spoon out bowls with a big hunk of buttered bread on the side.  But hey, that's just me.  Enjoy.

For my friend Terri, I just want to say,...Go Chiefs,...and hope they can win a second game this weekend.  :)

5 comments:

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Awww...thanks, Terry! The good thing about watching the Chiefs every Sunday is me sitting there imagining I'm eating your soup!

Kadie said...

Oh this looks so good! I always just throw my shrimp shells away. I am going to have to save them next time.
Thanks for sharing!! We say chow-da too!!

Mindy said...

Yeah, I can appreciate it for sure, but there's no way I'd eat it. LOL
I need to make this for The Dad and the kids - they'd devour it.

Amy said...

i love chowder... my brother in law used to make us the best huge pot... i've never attempted it on my own. looks yummy!

Amy said...

i love chowder... my brother in law used to make us the best huge pot... i've never attempted it on my own. looks yummy!

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