Snowy Day Salmon Chowder

So, I had the day off work today.  It was my first snow day as a grownup and I’ve been grownup for quite some time.  About 7 or 8 inches fell overnight but not the 10 to 12 inches that were predicted.  It was nice to go to bed last night already knowing today would be a snow day.  First on the agenda this morning was the snow.  I hadn’t shoveled snow in a while and I hadn’t ever used a snow blower.  But, Craig has a nasty case of the flu and I took on the snow.  I have to say I now have a love/hate relationship with the snow blower.  It did make relatively quick work of the driveway but now without some real effort.  I think the snow was a bit too heavy or too deep and the blower got jammed up quite often.  I carried a little stick to unplug it and at some point decided a snow shovel was the way to go to finish the job.  I didn’t like all the noise from the snow blower not to mention the gasoline smell that is lingering on my coat and clothes.  I enjoyed the exercise and the fresh air when I shut off the snow blower.

Once the first pass with shoveling was done, it’s still snowing, I decided to I should make something that would be appropriate for a snowy winter day.  I had salmon on hand and quite a nice assortment of vegetables and decided to try making salmon chowder.  I read a few recipes and decided to make something of my own.  I didn’t want to use the heavy cream that most recipes called for and I wanted to include a few more veggies.  I mashed one of the potatoes to give a bit more body to the chowder since I was going to use low fat milk.  Here’s what I came up with:

Snowy Day Salmon Chowder

4 medium potatoes peeled, dice 3 of the potatoes and cut the other in half

2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and diced

2 stalks of celery diced leaves included if desired

1 small onion diced

1 small red pepper diced

1 or 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and diced

2 cups frozen corn

3 cloves of garlic minced

6 slices precooked bacon chopped

¼ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped

3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped or 1 tablespoon dried

3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped or 1 tablespoon dried

2 bay leaves

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth or stock

3 cups low-fat milk

1 tablespoon butter or olive oil

1 ½ to 2 pounds of salmon filet

Salt and pepper to taste

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Sauté onion, celery, pepper and garlic in butter or olive oil until softened in large stock pot.  Add potatoes, sweet potatoes, broth, parsley, bay leaves, thyme, jalapeno, dill, corn and bacon.  Cover and simmer until potatoes are softened, about 20 to 30 minutes.  Top the broth/vegetable mixture with salmon filet, cover and simmer 5 to 10 minutes until salmon is cooked through. Remove the halved potato and mash with fork, add ½ cup milk to mashed potato and stir the mixture into the chowder, breaking up salmon as you stir.  Add remaining milk to chowder, simmer until heated but not boiling and serve.  If desired, garnish each bowl of chowder with shredded cheddar cheese.

The chowder tasted better than it looked!!


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2 Responses to Snowy Day Salmon Chowder

  1. This looks good mom! Could I make with canned salmon? Not sure I can afford the real stuff. I saw the kind you get at Costco and it was like 30 bucks!!

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