Halibut & Potato Chowder
Several times a year I invite both my retired and current teaching friends to a dinner party with their spouses. I've served this halibut chowder at those parties, and it's always a big hit.
Total TimePrep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
Makes12 servings (3 quarts)
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 4 celery ribs, chopped
- 3 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 2 cups 2% milk
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon chicken base
- 3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 cups half-and-half cream
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 pound halibut or other whitefish fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup salad croutons
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup minced chives
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add celery, carrots and onion; cook and stir until tender. Stir in flour and pepper until blended; gradually add milk, broth, water and chicken base. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
- Add potatoes, corn and bay leaves. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, 15-20 minutes.
- Stir in cream and lemon juice; return to a boil. Add halibut. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for until fish flakes easily with a fork, 7-11 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Serve with remaining ingredients.