Atlantic Salmon Chowder

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Atlantic Salmon Chowder
Serves 4
One chowder that I’m absolutely crazy about is Atlantic Salmon Chowder. If you love salmon and really want to do this soup justice, buy a small (but whole) salmon and ask Nino’s fish butchers to fillet it for you. Also, ask them to save you the head, skin and bones, so you can simmer them in some water to make a salmon broth for this soup. Otherwise, a product like Kitchen Basics Fish or Seafood Broth will do just fine in this recipe.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Strips Maple Bacon, Raw, Finely Chopped
  2. ½ Stick Salted Butter
  3. 2/3 Cup Sweet Onions, Chopped
  4. ½ Cup Celery, Chopped
  5. ¼ Cup Red Bell Pepper, Finely Chopped
  6. 2 tsp. Garlic, Minced
  7. 1⁄3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  8. 3 Cups Salmon, Fish or Seafood Broth
  9. 1 TBSP. Tomato Paste
  10. ½ Cup Heavy Cream
  11. 1 tsp. Parsley Flakes
  12. 1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  13. ½ tsp. Paprika
  14. 2 TBSP. Fresh Dill, Chopped
  15. 1 ½ Lbs Atlantic Salmon, Diced ½” Cubes
  16. 1 Cup Cooked Red Skin Potatoes, Diced ½”
  17. To Taste Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium-size sauce pot, over medium heat, sauté bacon until nearly crisp. Then add butter and sauté onion, celery, red bell pepper and garlic together over medium heat until softened.
  2. Add flour and cook while stirring constantly for 5 minutes to cook flour into a roux.
  3. Add broth and the tomato paste, and stir with a whisk until mixture comes to a simmer and thickens.
  4. Add cream, parsley, cayenne, paprika and dill, and simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Add salmon and reduce to a VERY low simmer. Stir gently until salmon pieces are cooked through and are firm and opaque.
  6. Add cooked, diced red skin potatoes and cook an additional 3 minutes to reheat the potatoes.
  7. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
Notes
  1. Makes 1 1/2 quarts. This chowder goes particularly well with whole grain crackers or sourdough bread.
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