We live next door to my grandpa-in-law who will make this chowder for us every once in a while. He makes the absolute best! While this is his recipe, I can't quite get mine to taste as good as his. He tells me that when Im 91 like him, my chowder will then be as good. If you like your chowder a little thicker, you can substitute 1 cup of half and half for 1 cup of milk or add a little extra evaporated milk. This chowder will taste even better if made a day ahead and allowed to "set" overnight. When reheating, do it slowly so as not to boil.
- Fry the diced salt pork in a large pot until golden in color.
- Remove salt pork scraps and set aside.
- Add onions and cook for 5 minutes or until tender.
- Place diced potatoes on top of onions and add enough water so it comes up to the top of the potatoes.
- Place fish on top of potatoes.
- Season with pepper, salt and add butter.
- Bring to a boil and then lower heat to low and simmer until fish and potatoes are cooked.
- You want to stir as little as possible, and very gently because the fish should remain in fairly large pieces.
- (You do not want the fish all flaked apart and especially not all mushy) Pour in evaporated milk and regular milk.
- Heat thoroughly, but do not bring to a boil.
- Serve reserved pork scraps sprinkled on top of chowder or on the side.
- Chowder will be better if allowed to sit overnight.