I suspect I’m like most cooks. When I see a recipe that looks good, I copy it to try later with my own substitutions or additions. I subscribe to many (too many) cooking blogs where I drool and gather ideas.
One blog that I particularly enjoy includes recipes from everyone in the family. When I saw this on their blog recently, I knew I had to make it. Here is my rendition of their recipe.
Chipotle Shrimp Chowder
In a large heavy pan, I sautéed ½ rasher of thick-sliced bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces.
Once lightly browned, I added 1 cup of diced onion and 3 diced cloves of garlic.
After this had browned 1-2 minutes, I added 2 tablespoons flour.
Their recipe called for ¼ cup sherry to deglaze the pan, but I rarely cook with any kind of alcohol and don’t keep any on hand. I used ½ cup cranberry juice, which I always do have handy.
2 cans fat free chicken broth
2 cans of whole kernel corn, drained
2 cups diced potatoes – I used a mix of fingerlings and reds
2 cups milk – I used nonfat that I always have on hand
2 canned chipotle peppers, diced, plus a bit of the adobo sauce to taste
I let this simmer on low for about 20-30 minutes, then added 1 pound of shrimp and ½ cup half & half cream.
Note: The shrimp I used were Kirkland brand (Costco), 31-40 per pound, peeled and deveined. The tails were still on, so I thawed the shrimp just enough to slip off the tails before adding to the chowder. Also, be sure to chop the chipotle peppers into very small pieces, unless you don’t mind getting a big chunk of hot pepper in your mouth. I imagine this would be delicious using a variety of fish, clams, shrimp, and other seafoods.
Thanks to the folks at Food o’ del Mundo for this recipe. It’s one I’ll make often!
A hui hou!