How did fish and chips start in England?
When ready to serve, reheat the chowder over low heat; don’,et it boil. Warm the cracklings in a low oven (200 °F) for a few minutes. Made this for our Seven Fishes Dinner on xmas eve.
Made it as the recipe is written. Saving this one in my recipe box! Very nice -- honest food. Wouldn't change a thing, though I wouldn't have minded it just slightly thicker.
Paul walks in the door and asks what I am cooking for dinner.
I could tell by the look on his face, he was disappointed. He sat down at the table and to his delight, he found the dish to be wonderful, his exact quote, "restaurant quality chowder". It was very delish! Thank you for sharing a great easy recipe. Snook the other day along with some sunfish in my back yard, they worked like a charm in this recipe. (I had to use chicken stock as I never thought to use the heads of the fish to make a stock, I will be doing that next time)
Heat a 4- to 6-quart heavy pot over low heat and add the diced salt pork. Once it has rendered a few tablespoons of fat, increase the heat to medium and cook until the pork is a crisp golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cracklings to a small ovenproof dish, leaving the fat in the pot, and reserve until later. I usually use bacon in place of salt pork and use the cooked bacon as garnish.
It takes a while for the delicate flavor of good white fish to permeate the other ingredients. Garlic This recipe is a classic in itself.
I used cod, clam juice with chicken broth, chopped bacon instead of salt pork. Superb! Great recipe, a real wow. I'm from New England originally and I also like the food of Provence, and with a generous amount of dried thyme as the seasoning, this chowder bridges both (but be careful not to overdo it).
(This recipe is a keeper, I have made it many times, and I have experimented with the amount of dried thyme; I advise you to do the same. ) I use skim milk instead of cream, and I like the result. I sometimes add a spoonful or two of cream, and that makes it nicer--but to me, using the full amount of cream is too sinful.
I use olive oil instead of bacon. And my preference is Yukon Gold potatoes. I enjoy this chowder with a bottle of Qupe Marsanne wine, or Anchor Steam Beer.
For New England authenticity, Harpoon IPA or Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale are good, but these days I don't like the bitter hops as much as I used to. You can't go wrong with this recipe.
Use fresh rather than previously frozen fish.
2 cups clam juice 3 cups chicken broth when I can't find good fish stock
Turn up the heat and bring to a boil, cover, and cook the potatoes vigorously for about 10 minutes, until they are soft on the outside but still firm in the center. If the stock hasn’4hickened lightly, smash a few of the potato slices against the side of the pot and cook for a minute or two longer to release their starch. Reduce the heat to low and season assertively with salt and pepper (you want to almost overseason the chowder at this point to avoid having to stir it much once the fish is added).
Add the fish fillets and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, then remove the pot from the heat and allow the chowder to sit for 10 minutes (the fish will finish cooking during this time). Celery Excellent! Better than most of the local restaurant chowders and we live in Massachusetts! I used Idaho Russet potatoes and left the skins on; also used fried bacon (so that it was crispy).
It is important to let it boil "vigorously" at the 10 minutes as indicated in the recipe. That is when everything will emulsify.
I used just homemade chix stock the first 3 times I made the recipe; this last time, I used half chix stock and half top-quality (pure, unadulterated) clam juice. I thought it clearly better, so till I can find a source for the right kind of fish heads & frames, that's what I'll go with.
Also added celery, a good bacon instead of the salt pork, and threw abt 1/4 cup parsley right into the simmering chowder.
This is a delightfully simple recipe with lots of room for improvisation. Clam juice and clams, I've even added shrimp. Huge hit as a main course with friends.
* Doubling the potatoes (IMO a 60-40 potato-to-fish ratio is not only more affordable at the current price of cod & hadock but tastes better. I cut the recipe by 1/3 for my family, using 3 lbs. And I smash about half the potatoes to make a thicker chowder.
Add the butter, onions, savory or thyme, and bay leaves to the pot and sauté, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, for about 8 minutes, until the onions and softened but not browned. Paul was a bit disappointed when he walked through the door and I told him fish chowder for dinner.
His exact quote, "this is a restaurant quality dish". He absolutely loved it as did I! Used Snook and sunfish that I caught in the back yard and it was amazing! I loved the fish ratio in this dish, very hearty and yum! Thanks for sharing. (I did add a bit of celery and carrot for color, but from the taste I could tell it would have been good without it too.
) Used chicken stock instead of fish stock as I didn't have any or quite frankly never thought to use the fish heads, I will next time. Used black sea bass and striped bass- came out amazing!!!!!
Good but this is a soup, not a chowder Going to thicken it with a rue and add corn off the cob and mushrooms. Would be better with chunks of potato, not thin slices. I made strong broth with an entire Cobia head and skeleton the day before and used that.
I served with Cobia and Shrimp Quick and easy to make, used New Zealand Ling held up well in soup. This is indeed the gold standard of fish chowders.
The ingredients listed are all it needs to be perfect. The only small tweaks I've come to prefer are: To me, this is the most authentic and most important recipe in this book.
It is the gold standard for chowder: a hearty main course with deep flavors, luxurious texture, and generous chunks of fish, onion, and potato. New England Fish Chowder is easy to make, uses simple ingredients, and doesn't require you to be fussy or exact. After making this chowder a few times, you will begin to understand the Zen of chowder.
Jasper White August 2000 50 Chowders: One Pot Meals Clam, Corn & Beyond
If you are not serving the chowder within the hour, let it cool a bit, then refrigerate; cover the chowder after it has chilled completely. Otherwise, let it sit for up to an hour at room temperature, allowing the flavors to meld.
Use a slotted spoon to mound the chunks of fish, the onions, and potatoes in the center of large soup plates or shallow bowls, and ladle the creamy broth around. Scatter the cracklings over the individual servings and finish each with a sprinkling of chopped parsley and minced chives.
Don't ruin it by adding flour! The potato starch does a beautiful job of thickening the broth just enough.
Amazing dish! A definite keeper. Oops that should be a 5 fork review NOT A 1 fork. But once I clicked on the first fork, I couldn't change it.
This recepie is SO FANTASTIC, SO FABULOUS, SO SIMPLE ITS TOTALLY AMAZING. 4 forks just don't do it justice. I had already bought light cream so I used that. U could prob also use blackfish.
Throw in anything extra you like! corn, sliced mushrooms, bacon, cooked broccoli. Brilliant, and a complete beginner in the kit could do it. Thanks a zillion!!!!! gold standard? UNDERSTATEMENT!!