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Gone Fishin Chowder

 Gone Fishin Chowder
"My grandpa and his brother (they're twins) love to fish," shares 11-year-old Jasmina Kocurek, Palacios, Texas. "For years, they've made this colorful chowder. It's so good that when I entered it in our 4-H Food Show, I received a top award."
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 bacon strips
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked fish

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Drain,
  • reserving 1 teaspoon drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. Saute
  • onion and thyme in reserved drippings.
  • Add the water, potatoes, carrots, celery, salt and pepper. Cover and
  • simmer for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Add tomatoes, parsley and bacon; cook for 10 minutes. Add fish; heat
  • through. Yield: 12 servings (about 3 quarts).
Editor's Note: To prepare with fresh fish, dice 3/4 pound fresh fish and add to chowder at the same time as the tomatoes. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until fish is opaque.

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Gone Fishin Chowder (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 1 cup (prepared without salt) equals 65 calories, 1 g fat (0 saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 175 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.