Friday, October 25, 2013

Salmon Chowder!

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This is a MUST make!

A chowder your whole family will CHOW!

It's about this time of year I find myself craving chili and chowders.  You know... it cools down to 88 in Arizona and ya just want to bundle up!   I typically buy soups.  But every once in a while, I make one.  Last night, I made a Salmon chowder for my in laws that ROCKED!  No kidding.  I was a little floored myself.  Even my kids loved it!

The best part... actual "work time" took like 10 minutes!

Here's what you need:
6 tablespoons of butter
1 medium onion, chopped
3 or 4 celery stalks, chopped
5 garlic cloves - minced
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons of fresh dill
6 cups chicken broth or stock
2 diced potatoes
1-2 cups heavy cream and or whole milk (I actually used a cup of each)
1 pound salmon - pre-cooked or grilled, lightly - broken into pieces
** you can throw in some hot sauce to spice it up too, though I didn't for kids and grandparent purposes

Here's what you do:
Melt butter in a large saucepan, add onion, celery and garlic and cook until it's "see thru"... maybe 5 minutes.  Then add flour, stirring constantly.  About 5 minutes. 

Next, throw in the garlic powder, salt, pepper and paprika and cook for about 1 minute.  Stir in chicken stock, potatoes and cream  (hot sauce also here if you choose)... bring it to a simmer... then cook additional 20 minutes or so until potatoes are soft.  Add salmon, cook for 1 more minute and serve!  

Done.  Feeds 6-8 people.

For the record, BP (the husband) goes fishing in Alaska to get our salmon.  He actually tells me he's going to "work."  Like, y'know, hunting?  It's the "business" of feeding his family.  I'm convinced that caveman thing still exists in the mind sets of men everywhere.  But for your purposes (if your husband doesn't frequent Alaska) get fresh over frozen Alaskan Sockeye or King Salmon.  Sometimes Costco has it.  

Several people I know have made this and they always RAVE about it!  So go warm yourself up with a big bowl of salmon chowder.  And hurry... I hear there's cold in the forecast! 

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