1 hr 5 mins
Lemons and wine give this hearty, elegant soup a naturally tart flavor; this may be magnified if you substitute Neufchatel cheese for the cream cheese. (I'm a big fan of piquant/tart flavors, and like it both ways!) I use those inexpensive "lox bits" from the supermarket or deli, and am always surprised at how tender they become after cooking. This is one of my favorites during colder months!
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- 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced or chopped (or 2 smaller ones!)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
- 3/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
- 8 ounces salmon lox, chopped (container of "lox bits" works well too, just drain & rinse to remove excess oil)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 6 cups chicken broth or 6 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup spinach, finely chopped (I use half a package of frozen spinach)
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 1/3 cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 dash nutmeg
- salt and black pepper
- 1In your favorite soup pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
- 2Add onions and cook until soft and golden, about 10-15 minutes.
- 3(You want the onions to be slightly brown, but not black!) Add the drained lox and chopped dill.
- 4Cook 3 minutes, then add the flour and stir well.
- 5If it looks like a lox-paste mixture, don't worry, that's how it's supposed to be.
- 6While stirring the lox mixture, gradually add the broth.
- 7Add potatoes, spinach, salt, and pepper.
- 8Turn up heat until mixture boils, then reduce heat to medium/low and simmer for 20 minutes.
- 9Add milk.
- 10Simmer 5 more minutes.
- 11Cut the cream cheese into small pieces (1 oz. or 1/2 oz works best).
- 12Stir each piece into the soup, one at a time, until each piece has melted into the soup.
- 13When the soup is completely smooth, add the nutmeg, wine, and lemon juice.
- 14Ladle into bowls and enjoy!
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Nutritional Facts for Lox Chowder
Serving Size: 1 (598 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 426.7
- Calories from Fat 191
- Total Fat 21.2 g
- Saturated Fat 12.1 g
- Cholesterol 66.7 mg
- Sodium 1699.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 36.0 g
- Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
- Sugars 3.2 g
- Protein 20.8 g