Narragansett Bay Seafood Chowder

This one reminds me of summering on the East Coast beaches: Narragansett Bay Seafood Chowder

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Narragansett Bay Seafood Chowder

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped (3/4 to 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups water or fish stock (or 1 cup clam juice and 1 cup water)
  • 2 cups diced potatoes
  • 3/4 cup lobster meat or shelled, deveined shrimp
  • 3/4 cup (about 6 ounces) bay scallops or cut-up sea scallops
  • 1/2 pound haddock, cod or flounder fillets
  • 2 cups light cream or half and half cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • paprika

Directions:

  1. Saute onion in butter in saucepan over medium -low heat until tender. Add water or fish stock and potatoes.
  2. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Add more water if needed. Cut seafood and fish into chunks. Add to potato mixture. Heat just enough to cook seafood, about 2 minutes. Stir in cream, salt and pepper. Heat; taste for seasoning.
  3. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and paprika.

Tips:

  • Try adding more spices like a bay leaf and a sprig of fresh thyme.
  • If you prepare this a day ahead, wait to add the cream; reheat the seafood in broth, then stir in cream and heat through.
  • If you prefer a creamy, thick chowder, use a fork to stir about a half cup of water into 4 tablespoons flour. Gradually add some of this to the chowder and cook-stir until it is thickened to taste; you may not use all of the flour mixture.
SOURCE:  RecipeGirl.com (adapted from Mystic Seaport's Seafood Secrets Cookbook)

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