A wonderful savory fish chowder, perfect to start off an evening of fine dining or as a hearty dinner with good, crusty bread.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 3⁄4 cup minced leek, white and light green part only
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1⁄2 cup diced celery
- 1⁄2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons flour
- 3 (8 ounce) bottles clam juice or 24 ounces fish stock
- 2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes, reconstituted in warm water (measurement before reconstituting)
- 1 cup cooked wild rice
- 1⁄3 lb salmon, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1 dash Tabasco sauce
- white pepper, to taste
- In a stockpot over medium heat, melt the butter; add the shallot, leek, garlic, celery, and thyme and sauté until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Stir in the flour and cook slowly, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Whisk in the clam juice or fish stock and cook until thickened.
- Add the reconstituted tomato, cooked wild rice, salmon, cream, and basil and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through.
- Season to taste with Tabasco, salt, and white pepper.
- Serve with good, crusty bread.
- Makes 4 to 6 servings.
- Note: if you're not familiar with those dining, the fish stock is safest- many people are allergic to shellfish; unsalted chicken broth can also be used; other types of fish may also be substituted for the salmon.
I wasn't sure if this would come together, but it did. I skipped the celery (I've got no use for the stuff) and used some Kitchen Essentials fish stock. The result was subtle and tasty, a good combination of tastes and textures. Next time I think I'll use a bit more salmon!
Very nice and tasty - I adapted this to what I had in the cupboard. I replaced heavy cream with part non-fat yoghurt and part low-fat coconut milk, and tomatoes with tomato pyree. Very tasty and very easy - I thought there would be too much liquid but it was fine.
Easy-peasy and wonderful! Especially the next day! Cannot say enough good things about this recipe. Thank you, Julesong. The only adaptation I made was to almost shred the salmon so that you got salmon in each spoonful!