Seafood Chowder just screams comfort and love on a cold winter day. Include a few types of delicious seafood and you have a bowlful of love, happiness, and special memories.
It wouldn’t be the holidays in our house if I didn’t make this delectable family favorite Seafood Chowder on Christmas Eve; my kids would never forgive me! Serve it up with a piece of homemade Southern Pecan Pie and I’d say Christmas Dinner is Done!!!
EASY HOLIDAY FAMILY TRADITION
I found this keeper a longgggg time ago in a Bon Appetit magazine, back in the day before the internet, baaahaaaa! Saved the magazine for years, then went on a purging spree, Ugh! You know the story!
Fast forward a couple of years later I found it on the dial-up internet, that took all day! Printed it out on my dot matrix printer, another day lost and we’ve never been parted since! Of course, I’ve deviated from the original recipe over the years…cause that’s what I do😉❗
CHOWDER IS THE MEAL
There are so many healthy, yummy ingredients in this chowder that makes it a complete meal. Serve with fresh garlic bread and you’re done! It’s also a one-pot meal, a big Plus for whoever has KP duty!!
2 4-5 inch fresh rosemary sprigs, leaves plucked off
2 2-3 inch fresh thyme sprigs, leaves plucked off
1/2 tsp white pepper
2 tsp Cajun spice
2 tsp Curry spice, can omit if you don’t like Curry
1/2 dried thyme
1/3 cup of flour, can be gluten-free
32 oz of chicken broth
3-4 cups of red potatoes, diced. You can skin if you like…I don’t
3 bay leaves
2 10.5 ounce cans of evaporated regular or skim milk
2 8.75 ounce cans of cream-style corn
hot sauce to taste (like Tabasco)
1.5# medium fresh shrimp, peeled
1# fresh lump crab, drained
I know it’s a long list but whatever you do, don’t omit the creamed corn, the fresh lump crab, the fresh shrimp, or the red bell pepper. You’d be missing the special gifts these items contribute to this wonderful chowder!
EASY SEAFOOD CHOWDER INSTRUCTIONS
Saute the onion, garlic, red bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper together in the oil until soft.
Add the Rosemary and Thyme (both types) and Cajun and Curry seasoning. Stir into soft veggies.
When seasonings are well incorporated, add the flour and mix in well.
Add broth, potatoes, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then reduce.
When potatoes are tender, add in milk and corn.
When hot again, add in peeled shrimp. Cook until shrimp are done (pink).
Add in crab and let simmer for 2-3 mins. more.
Remove bay leaves and serve with hot garlic bread.