Thursday, February 01, 2007

Alaska Salmon and Halibut Chowder

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Brrr-what a wet and cold day we have this first day of February, the shortest month and usually the coldest in the part of Georgia I live in. It's definitely a soup, stew or chowder day. I have salmon and halibut in my freezer bought from Great Alaska Seafood Company and most of the other ingredients typical to a chowder on hand-potatoes, celery, bacon and light cream so that's what I'll have. My chowder is a quick meal of about 40 minutes and all you need is some crusty french bread or Southern cornbread to have a tasty and warming meal in no time.

Alaska Salmon and Halibut Chowder

3/4 lb each salmon and halibut fillets, fresh or frozen
5 slices smoky bacon, diced
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup diced celery
1 cup white wine
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/1/2 cups bottled clam juice
4 medium potatoes, diced large
1/4 cup flour
1 cup water
1 cup half and half or light cream
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Salt and Pepper to taste
Fresh thyme for garnish

Rinse salmon and halibut, remove skin and bones and cut into bite size pieces.

In a large dutch oven, saute bacon until lightly browned, drain all but 1 tablespoon fat. Add onions and celery and cook until tender. Add one cup white wine. Cook for 2 minutes then add chicken broth, clam juice and potatoes. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender. Add salmon and halibut. Cook 5 -8 minutes.

Combine flour and water. Stir into chowder. Add light cream or half and half and bring to a boil. Cook about 3 minutes. Add fresh thyme and season with salt and pepper.

Serve in big soup bowls and garnish with more fresh thyme.


Alanna said...

Sounds gorgeous - BTW I see from the sidebar that your blog design is being worked on? Maybe you'd consider switching background/font colors? The reverse black and white is sooo tiring for the eyes. I know people who won't even read a blog with reverse black/white (or reverse anything). Just a suggestion! I'd love to see you do well!

scotbrit said...

I like the background/font colors. Looks very elegant. Maybe new spectacles would help.

Lynnylu said...

Thanks, Alanna and Scotbrit for your comments. I will change my template to see how I like the change, but I'm very much a black and white person.

Stacey said...

Oooh, this looks really great! I want to make it, but I have a question about the clam juice before I can proceed. It says "1/1/2 bottled clam juice." Should it say 1 1/2 cups? Tablespoons? Bottles? Please let me know, 'cause that doesn't sounds like something you would want to overdose on :) Please shoot me an email at staceyfish AT gmail DOT com. Thanks!

Stacey said...

Thanks for sending me the correction! We made this the other night and it was fantastic! I love the broth - it was so much more complex and delicious than your standard creamy chowder base! Thanks for the great recipe!

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