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Cold weather means soup!

So i tried a recipe that caught my attention in this month's Cooking Lite

Chunky Potato [Crab] Chowder

This easy New England-style chowder lets the red-skinned potatoes shine. Cream-style corn is a surprise ingredient that adds a little sweetness and contributes to the creamy texture.

2 Tbsp butter
1 C chopped onion
3/4 C chopped celery
1 garlic clove, minced
3 1/2 C (1 in.) cubed red potato (about 1 lb)
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 1/2 C 2% reduced-fat milk
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp grated whole nutmeg
1 (14.75 oz) can cream-style corn
1 (14oz) can fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
[8 oz lump crabmeat shell pieces removed]
3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp salt

Melt butter in large saucepan over med-high heat. Add onion, celery, and garlic; sauté 4 min. Add potato; sauté 1 min. Sprinkle with flour; cook 1 min, stirring constantly. Stir in milk, thyme, pepper, nutmeg, corn, & broth. Bring to a simmer over med heat, stirring frequently. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until potato is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in [crab], parsley, and salt; cook 5 mins, stirring occasionally.

Yield: 6 servings at 1.5 C per serving

Personal notes: the crab appears in brackets because i left it out (caged_admin dislikes it) and substitutes 1lb of diced chicken instead, sautééd separately on med-high heat and added at same time as potatoes. The flour was probably intended to thicken and didn't work very well as the soup turned out watery. as a roux, it couldn't cook properly with the onion, celery, and potatoes. next time, I will make a proper roux. I always prefer extra garlic, so used 3 small cloves.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 26th, 2003 05:37 am (UTC)
At what point did it turn watery?

I was just noticing that you substituted 1 lb chicken for 8 oz crab and wondered if the extra meat might have released water during cooking.
Oct. 27th, 2003 06:54 am (UTC)
This is a possibility. On reheating, however, it was significantly less watery, so i may not know what i'm talking about.
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