Prep 35 mins
Cook 40 mins
I got the inspiration for this creation while watching one of my least favorite chefs, Email Lagross (who, by the way, is one of only a handful of chefs in the world who has such rare spices as "papa reeka" and "cardamin" in his pantry) on TV. As I watched him standing back and throwing spices, from about 6 feet away, into (or "inside of", in Lagross-speak) the pot, I said to myself, "Self! This is a freakin' cooking show, not basketball tryouts!" Fortunately, since I am not schizo, "self" did not answer "me". Are you with me so far?
- 1⁄2 lb unsliced thick slab bacon or 1⁄2 lb pancetta, diced
- 1 cup chopped scallion
- 1 cup roughly chopped onion
- 1⁄2 cup chopped celery
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon ground thyme, more to taste
- 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning, more to taste
- 8 drops TABASCO® brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce, more to taste
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 lb potato, peeled and diced
- 4 cups shrimp bouillon or 4 cups homemade shrimp stock
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 12 -16 ounces large raw shrimp, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- salt and pepper
- In a heavy stockpot, over medium-high heat, cook the bacon or pancetta until most of the fat is rendered, about 8 minutes.
- Stir in the scallions, onion, celery and carrots.
- Sauté for about 2 minutes until the veggies start to wilt.
- If desired, season lightly with salt and pepper (be careful since the bouillon/stock and Old Bay seasoning are salty you can adjust later).
- Add the bay leaves, thyme, Tabasco and Old Bay.
- Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the potatoes and stir in the bouillon or stock.
- Bring to a gentle boil and then reduce heat to simmer.
- Simmer until the potatoes are just fork tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.
- Add the heavy cream and bring just to a simmer no hotter or the soup may stick to the bottom.
- Add the shrimp and simmer for 2 to 4 minutes until the shrimp are just turning opaque.
- Stir in the parsley, taste the soup and adjust seasonings if necessary.
- Eat it.
I said to myself: "Self! Very good chowdah." Could use more Tabasco. Without the shrimp, would be excellent cream of vegetable soup. Thanks.