Raise your soup spoon and toast ...
"And here's to good old Boston, the land of the bean and the cod, where the Lowells talk only to Cabots, and the Cabots talk only to God."
This week's soup is getting the New England treatment with a slight twist ... a purist would have a chowder that's not thickened and contains fish or corn, but not both. I am no purist, believe me. The Cabots and the Lowells would not deign talk to me or eat my chowder! I'm not worried, though! Soooo... this week's soup gets a dose of creamed corn, big chunks of fresh cod and potatoes, a beginning fry up of chopped onions and pancetta, and a hearty broth made from clam broth, milk, evaporated milk (too cheap for cream!), butter, and spices. By the time the fish and potatoes are simmered to a finish, the broth has thickened up. All it needs is some salt, black pepper, and plenty of fresh green parsley to bring a pretty color and greeniness to the soup. Killer with some Anadama bread croutons ... or common crackers ... or biscuits.
Enjoy! To my mind, this is New England to the max! A nice hot bowl of chowdah! Now, if only those Sox would get some steam up, too!
Fish Chowder - printer friendly
Susan’s Fish ChowderIngredients:
2 tbsp. butter
1 large onion, large dice
2 strips pancetta, chopped into small cubes
1 can creamed corn, plus water to rinse out the can
4 medium potatoes, peeled, large dice
1 lb. fresh codfish, cut into 1-inch chunks
8 oz. clam juice
2½ c. whole milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
¼ tsp. dried thyme
¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped
Making the Chowder:
1. Melt the butter in the bottom of a soup pot and add the pancetta and onion. Fry until the onions and pancetta begin to brown and crisp up.
2. Add the clam juice and stir the bits off the bottom of the pan.
3. Add some of the fish chunks, the creamed corn, and about half a can of water swished around the can to get all the juices.
4. Bring the broth almost to a boil, add the milk and evaporated milk, potatoes, the rest of the fish, salt, pepper, thyme, and half the fresh parsley.
5. Lower the heat and simmer gently until the potatoes are almost softened.
6. Turn off the heat, cover, and leave the soup for an hour so that the flavors meld.
7. Add the rest of the fresh parsley and re-heat. Serve with good crackers, biscuits, cornbread, Anadama bread croutons, or your favorite bread.