7.28.2014

Salmon Chowder

One thing that has helped me eat better this month is.....soup! Not that sodium & fat laden stuff in a can, but fresh, flavorful, homemade soup....made by my very own hands!

The possibilities are ENDLESS when it comes to making a pot of soup for yourself! You don't have to follow a recipe, but if you do......this one is one of the BEST I've found!

SALMON CHOWDER!!!!


Doesn't it look yummy?!?

I happened across this recipe two years ago in an issue of Coastal Living Magazine and once I tweaked it a bit, it was perfect for me!! Heres the recipe....

Salmon Chowder 
*adapted from recipe found in Coastal Living Magazine 2012

3 tablespoons bacon fat, rendered
3 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, diced
2 celery stalks, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 to 1 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh fennel fronds
6 cups reduced sodium chicken broth or stock
2 cups diced yellow potatoes
1 to 3 tablespoons hot sauce
1.5 cups heavy cream
1 pound skinless wild salmon, cut into pieces

Directions

1. Render fat from bacon on low heat; reserve 3 tablespoons. 
2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add bacon fat, onion, celery, and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until translucent. 
3. Add flour, and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in garlic powder and next 4 ingredients; cook 1 minute. 
4. Stir in chicken stock and next 3 ingredients. Bring to a simmer; cook 20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through. Add salmon; cook until done. 
Add salt to taste. 
Makes 6 to 8 servings. 

THAT'S IT!!!!

It's so easy and only takes about 30 minutes to make! I like mine with fresh warm french bread slathered in butter and honey...........yum!!!

I've even added shrimp & mussels like this variation seen below;



Either way, it's the perfect meal to take you from flab to flyy......any month of the year!! 



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