Spec-fucking-tacular!!!

Lox Chowder 
   
   1 tablespoon unsalted butter
   1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
   1 medium leek, cleaned, trimmed and thinly sliced
   1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
   1 rib celery, trimmed and diced
   1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
   1 large, starchy potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
   2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
   1/4 cup all-purpose flour
   1/2 cup dry white wine
   1 1/2 cups chicken stock, either homemade or low-sodium
   1 bay leaf
   2 cups whole milk
   4 ounces smoked salmon, flaked
   3/4 cup heavy cream
   Freshly ground black pepper to taste
   Fresh chives, minced, for garnish
   1. Melt the butter with the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot set over medium heat. Add leek, carrot and celery, and cook until the vegetables have softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic, potato and thyme, and cook until the garlic is fragrant, an additional 2 or 3 minutes.
   2. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetable mixture and stir to combine, then cook, stirring often, for approximately 5 minutes, making sure not to scorch the bottom of the pan.
   3. Add the wine, chicken stock and bay leaf, and bring mixture to a simmer. After 10 minutes or so, stir in the milk, and return to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are tender, approximately 25 minutes. Add the salmon and stir gently, allowing the fish to warm but making sure that the mixture does not boil.
   4. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Add the cream, then stir to combine and heat through. Season to taste with pepper. Garnish with minced chives.
   Yield: 4 to 6 servings
   Adapted from Russ & Daughters, New York.

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3 thoughts on “Spec-fucking-tacular!!!

  1. Brion

    Mmmmmmm! Comfort food! I’m dribbling all over my keyboard.Will save this recipe for our coming winter…southern hemisphere here!

    Reply
    1. williamcullum Post author

      OMG… This is so good, too. I use extra bay leaves. You can also substitute clams for the salmon and you have a classical New England clam chowder. I like to leave out the carrots and steam whole clams in the finished soup, removing the shells before serving. I also substitute bottled clam juice for the chicken stock.

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