What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Elevated Edibles: Velvety Seafood Chowder! Everyone who has enrolled a child or grandchild in preschool is probably familiar with the folk tale known as “Stone Soup”. The story goes, a bunch of starving strangers enter a small village to convince the townspeople to share one ingredient from their root cellars to make a fantastic meal. The strangers produce a magic “stone”, which they place into a large cauldron filled with water. As the pot is cooking over a wood fire, one by one, the curious residents walk by. They are told the soup is almost ready but needs a “little of this or a pinch of that”. The villagers happily agree to throw in everything from carrots and onions to meat and potatoes to enhance the flavor. By the time the medley is fully cooked, the stone is removed and the hearty soup is shared among them. What a wonderful tradition.
VELVETY SEAFOOD CHOWDER
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 sweet onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning*
1/8 teaspoon thyme
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 stalk celery, sliced
1/2 carrot, chopped
1/2 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup corn
5 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup crabmeat, flaked
6 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
6.5-ounce can clams, drained and chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 tablespoon fresh parsley
In a heavy pan over medium heat, warm butter. Add diced onion. Sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add Old Bay seasoning, thyme, and flour. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sliced celery, chopped carrots, cubed potatoes, corn, chicken broth, and white wine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add flaked crabmeat, peeled shrimp, chopped clams, and heavy cream. Cook until seafood is fully cooked, heated through, and potatoes are tender, approximately 8-10 minutes. Ladle into bowls; garnish with fresh parsley.
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