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Jamie’s Seafood Chowder

There are many many different recipes for seafood chowder. There are Scottish ones, English ones, American ones and Canadian ones.  Lots of different recipes and different ingredients.  Got the urge so I came up with my own version…

Here’s what I used:

1 can of baby clams
1 tin white crabmeat
1 bag mussels (deshelled & defrosted)
1 bag garlic & parsley king prawns (from the freezer if they are in a marinade)
2 cod loins
1 smoked coley fillet
2 red onions, chopped
3 small orange peppers (I forget the variety name, 1 standard pepper would do just as well), chopped
2 medium potatoes, cubed
Saffron (optional)
1 litre fish stock
1 pint single cream (most recipes say use double but the single cream was on offer)
1/4 bottle white wine

With the exception of the tinned shellfish, the rest of the seafood was frozen. Use whichever fish you want for this recipe.

Poach the fish, allow to cool sufficiently to chunk. If you’re working with fresh fish you can cut it into pieces first and add it to the vegetable mixture later in the recipe.

Melt some butter in a large saucepan over a low heat (I used some herb oil I had left over). Add the onion, peppers and garlic & parsley prawns (still frozen) and cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until soft.

Add the potato, saffron, white wine, stock, and a little salt to taste. Bring to the boil gently and skim off any scum that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.

Add the cream, fish and shellfish, stirring gently and heating through until it starts to boil.

Take off the heat, cover and leave for five minutes. Serve with garnish – parsley, black pepper or dill – and hot fresh bread.

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I can see why the recipe calls for double cream, this wasn’t as thick as the chowders I’ve seen. Next time I would use double cream and cook the potatoes for 20 minutes so they are a little softer. Very enjoyable though!

The recipe feeds four or one hungry Jamie twice.

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