Where most chowders have milk as their base, this one uses chicken stock and pureed corn, with a little half-and-half stirred in just before serving to make it nice and creamy.
Pinot blanc from Alsace is delicious, plentiful, and inexpensive. It will provide a lovely backdrop for the chowder's rich flavor and texture.
- 1/4 pound sliced bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 1/4 pounds boiling potatoes (about 3), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 3 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
- 1 3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
- 2 2/3 cups fresh (cut from about 4 ears) or frozen corn kernels
- 1 pound skinless salmon fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup frozen baby lima beans, thawed
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup half and half
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives or scallion tops
In a large pot, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pot. Add the onion and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add the potatoes, broth, bacon and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt to the pot and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Put the corn kernels in a food processor and pulse six to eight times to chop. Add the corn to the pot and cook, covered, until the potatoes and corn are just done, about 5 minutes longer.
Add the salmon, lima beans, the remaining 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and the pepper. Bring just back to a simmer; the fish should be just cooked through. Stir in the half-and-half and serve the chowder topped with the chives.
If you're not a lima-bean fan, substitute another vegetable, such as petite peas.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
657 calories; 30g total fat; 98mg cholesterol; 1432mg sodium; 59g carbohydrates; 7g fiber; 39g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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