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As summer winds down you may find yourself reaching for warmer, more comforting dishes, either because it’s getting colder, or to deal with the emotional trauma of vacations ending and sending your kids back to school! Either way, you probably still want something fun and flavorful to help you cling onto the last few days of vacation season. Seafood chowder is really the best of both worlds. The creamy richness of the chowder is cozy and warm, while the lightness of the lobster and salty bacon adds hints of summer that bring back memories of your long days on the beach.
Total time: 2 hours
1 lb large shrimp (32 to 36 per pound), peeled and deveined
½ lb scallops
½ lb lobster
½ lb fresh lump crab meat, picked over to remove shells
4 slices bacon
¼ lb unsalted butter
4 carrots, peeled and diced
1 yellow onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 cup red potatoes, diced
½ cup corn, fresh or frozen
¼ cup flour
1 qt seafood or chicken stock
1 ½ Tbsp heavy cream
2 Tbsp minced parsley
Camp Mix, to taste (or salt and pepper)
Cut the shrimp, scallops and lobster into bite-sized pieces and set aside in a bowl with the crab meat. In a heavy-bottomed pot, melt the butter on medium heat; add the bacon and cook for a few minutes until brown. Add the carrots, onions, celery, potatoes and corn and sauté over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are slightly cooked, stirring occasionally. Add the flour; reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Add the seafood, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered, for 7 to 10 minutes. Add the heavy cream, parsley, Camp Mix to taste, and serve.
This dish will go great with some fresh baked bread, good company and a glass of wine. Now THAT is a comforting meal.
Our fresh day boat seafood is now available in most Meat House stores. If it is not available in your store, it will be soon! Day boat means the fishing boat goes out and comes back in 1 day with the catch, ensuring freshness and quality for our customers.
Recipe adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/seafood-chowder-recipe/index.html