Saturday, January 2, 2010

salmon chowder

Note: Picture AND recipe courtesy of Kurt & Bonnie Anderson. Kurt ice-fished and brought home some gorgeous, delicious salmon. Kurt de-scaled and de-boned (I know there are real words for these things, but I don't know them) the fish at his own apartment- which was especially kind (ick). And he and Bonnie came over and cooked up this amazing soup for us. They even took the picture. Absolutely none of this is mine, but it was a delicious recipe, and I wanted to share it. Thank you, Kurt and Bonnie! Try it. You will thank them too!

PS. I don't like fish as a general rule. At all. And I LOVED this. It's not really "fishy" and tastes great. So if you're leery of fish like I am, still try it. It really is that good!

RECIPE: Salmon Chowder

2 lbs. red potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large onion, chopped
1 (49.5 fl. oz.) can chicken broth
1 lb. salmon steaks, bones removed, cut into 1" cubes
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 c. milk
1 c. half-and-half cream
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. salt
pepper, to taste

In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, bring potatoes, onion and broth to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook until potatoes are tender. Add salmon and bacon; cook over medium heat until fish flakes easily with a fork. Reduce heat; stir in milk, cream, butter, salt and pepper; heat through (do not boil). Thicken if desired.

{Note: He did have to thicken it and used probably 3-4 Tbsp. corn starch (mixed first with cold water) to do so. Also- don't be afraid to bring it to a boil (it needs it to thicken with the corn starch); just don't leave it there.}

Mmm... try it. It's wonderful.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, way to go Bonnie and Kurt! I would have never thought of using salmon like this. And I am with you Bec, fishy kind of scares me. This looks great. Maybe Kurt will come here next time. :)