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Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins
You can use almost any fresh or frozen fin fish for this tasty chowder. The pronounced flavors of the vegetables are tempered by the addition of cream at the end of the cooking. If using frozen fish, it is not necessary to thaw completely before adding to soup. Thaw only long enough to be able to cut into cubes and add 5 minutes to cooking time. Great served with hot garlic bread and a chilled Chardonnay.
- 1 lb sole or 1 lb cod or 1 lb haddock or 1 lb perch
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 medium tomatoes, each cut into 8 wedges
- 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
- 1 red pepper, thinly sliced, you can also use green
- 1 cup dry white wine or 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 cup whipping cream
- fresh lemon juice
- Cut fish into 1 inch cubes. Set aside.
- Heat butter in large heavy soup pan. Add tomatoes, onions and pepper. cover and simmer 5 minutes over medium to low heat.
- Add fish, wine or water, salt and thyme. Simmer 10 minutes.
- Stir in the paprika and whipping cream. (I add a few drops of hot sauce, too).
- Heat to boiling. Taste and add fresh lemon juice.
Manhattan-style chowders are reputedly illegal in Maine; not being a New Englander by birth, I privately relish them, but DH is a dyed-in-wool New Englander. This is a great compromise -- the smoothness of cream, but peppers and tomatoes to give it punch! I thought it might not have enough liquid, since it only calls for a cup each of wine and whipping cream, but between the fish and the veggies there was plenty. Will makes this again -- and again and again and again....
Nice simple soup, though I think I didn't like the tomatoes that much with it. Will skip next time.