Fall is soup and chowdahhh season
Bring on fall. Sweater weather, cool nights, crisp air, vibrant foliage, and comfort food. That means soup season is upon us and I couldn’t be happier. There is nothing quite like a big bowl of steaming hot chowder with some crusty bread on a blustery fall day. Easy to make, feeds a crowd, and warms your heart… and belly.
Superbly herby fish chowder
5 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
and chopped into 1-inch pieces
2 1/2 cups seafood or lobster stock
3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 leek, chopped - white and light green
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp. Dish off the Block Superbly
Herby Spice Blend
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. corn starch
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 to 1 1/2 pounds fresh fish, skinned (halibut, striped bass, haddock, salmon, etc.)
2 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
Cover the potatoes with the seafood stock in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are just barely fork tender.
While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter and olive oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot (6 to 8 quart) over medium high heat. Add the onions, celery, leeks, and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes until the veggies begin to soften and are very fragrant. Add the red pepper, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper and the DOTB seasoning, cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in the corn starch.
Add the cooked potatoes with stock to the pan and stir to combine, the broth will begin to thicken slightly. Add the heavy cream and corn to the pan and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
Cut the fish into large chunks and add it to the chowder along with the dill. Bring back to a boil and again reduce the heat to low, cooking until the fish chunks start to break apart and are cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Serve hot, garnished with more dill and with oyster crackers or crusty bread on the side. Yum!
And… it’s even better the next day.