There you are, at home in the dark because the sun is going down earlier
and you want something to eat but you don't want to brave the chilly winds
in search of it. What do you do? There's nothing quite like a cup of soup
on a cold evening. Nothing better than a chowder
. If you want something to fill your stomach and liven your taste buds
then you've come to the right recipe, because that's what this will do.
What you're going to need
6 tbsp butter/margarine
3 tsp Old Bay
1/2 c. all purpose flour
3 c. milk (2% or whole)
2 c. crab meat (imitation or cooked)
2 c. shredded pepper jack
2 14 oz. cans of chicken broth
3 15 oz. cans of creamed corn
2-3 large idaho potatoes
Now that you've got it all what do you do?
and cut your potatoes into smallish chunks. Keep these set aside in a bowl
covered in water to keep them from turning brown
In a 4 quart
saucepan melt the butter over medium-low heat. Be careful not to burn
the pan. If it smells like you're making popcorn
you've got it set too high. Once the butter
is melted begin slowly adding the flour and mixing it evenly. This will make little doughy dumplings. Once you've got dumplings
add all of the milk and chicken broth quickly to prevent them from burning. Stir gently then add the drained potatoes and the creamed corn
. Cook over a medium heat being sure to stir occasionally.
While that's cooking make sure your cheese is shredded if you purchased a block. This would also be a good time to break apart the chunks of crab meat into smaller bits. You don't really want to bite into the crab meat so much as have some in every spoon full. Have the cheese and the crab
meat set to the side.
The mixture in the saucepan
will come to a boil and thicken slightly. If it gets too frothy turn the heat down a little. Cook until you can easily smoosh
a potato with a fork.* Be careful about the corn burning in the edges of the pan. Once the potatoes are smooshable add the crab meat
followed by the cheese. Cook until the cheese
is melted then season with the Old Bay
This chowder is very yummy
and is excellent with Oyster Crackers
* The cooking time will depend on the size of your potato chunks. The smaller the chunk the shorter the time it will take to cook it through. A general cooking time is about 25 minutes.
: ohh! A nice garnish for the bowl would be a teaspoon
of each shredded cheese, bacon bits
and chopped green onion