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Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
This recipe was a creation of blogstress Movita Beaucoup here: http://movitabeaucoup.com/2011/08/12/beaucoup-seafood-chowder/ . What thrills me is the recipe originates in Nova Scotia. Being specifically of Cajun decent and heritage, my ancestery harkens back to Nova Scotia. A history of rich culture, indeed. Please read notes and tips below.
- 1⁄2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 potato, diced
- 3 cups chicken broth (see note below) or 3 cups water (see note below)
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon celery salt
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
- 2 quarts milk (whole homogenized)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 lb white fish (such as haddock, cod or sole )
- 1⁄2 lb lobster
- 1⁄2 lb scallops
- In a large Dutch oven, melt the butter and then saute the onions and celery over medium heat, allow to soften, about minutes. Add the potato and add only enough chicken broth (or water) to barely cover. Cook until the potato is just barely tender. Add the basil, oregano, celery salt, pepper, salt, paprika and Tabasco sauce.
- Layer the fish and shellfish on top. Add just enough chicken broth (or water) to cover. Cook only until fish barely flakes.
- Add the cream, and then fill the pot with the milk. If you think you’re going to run out of room in the pot, skimp on the milk, not the cream.
- Allow the chowder to warm through. Keep on a bare simmer until serving or refrigerate and slowly heat up before serving.
- Notes & Tips:.
- Movita Boucoup recommends using at least two, 1/2 pound of each seafood selection in addition to the white fish. She strongly recommends scallops and lobster. Don’t use any fish with a dominant flavour such as salmon, sardines, clams, etc.
- Water is traditionally used in chowders such as this and will taste just fine if you opt for that instead of broth. If using broth, it is recommended using a sodium reduced variety. If you're using canned and don't have enough, you can make up the difference with water. The chicken broth adds just a bit of richness to the chowder.
- Chowder is best on the second day, so when entertaining, make it the day before.
- To rewarm, put the pot on low and allow 45 minutes it to heat through. Do not allow the chowder to boil; low heat is key.
- You will notice that the spices seem to sit on top of the chowder. When you serve, give a little stir and then scoop; just the right amount of spice will come up with the ladle.
I made this tonight for supper. My family loves chowder, and loves seafood. I couldn't eat it. Everyone else ate a small portion. No one wants it again. I followed the recipe exactly - using Cod, Scallops and Lobster. It was just bits of seafood in a huge amount of thin milk. I added salt after tasting hoping it would get better but after adding a couple of teaspoons it still was just a fishy tasting bowl of milk. I then tried thickening it with some flour but finally decided it was a waste to add any more ingredients. There was just no making it better. I have seen this recipe on other websites with great reviews but I honestly can't imagine what the appeal could be. I'm not usually negative but seafood isn't cheap and this was a huge disappointment.