In the Kitchen – Smoked Salmon Chowder

Guy loves smoked salmon on his bagel, whether it be a piece of the fish or a cream cheese spread.  So when I saw this soup, I immediately thought of him.  Now, I will admit, the cost of 12-16 ounces of salmon is kinda expensive… but I need to spoil him occasionally (plus it’s payday week!).

SMOKED SALMON CHOWDER

Courtesy Pinch of Yum

Serves 6

3-4 Tablespoons butter

1 onion, chopped (about 2 cups)

5 carrots, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)

3 celery stalks, sliced into small pieces (about 2 cups)

1/2 cup white wine

6-7 new potatoes, washed and diced

1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme

4 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)

2 cups milk

1 tablespoon flour

1 cup cream

12-16 ounces smoked salmon

1.  Heat the butter in a large pan over medium high heat.  Add the onion, carrots, and celery.  Saute until fragrant and soft.  Add the white wine to deglaze the pan and get all those yummy browned bits up in the mix.

2.  Add the potatoes, thyme, and 2 cups of the broth.  Simmer until the potatoes are fork tender.  Whisk the flour into the milk and add to the pan (this helps it thicken up a little bit – more flour=more thickening).  Add 1 cup of broth and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the soup starts thickening just slightly.

3.  Add the cream and smoked salmon just before serving.  If you let the salmon simmer with the soup for too long, it will get mushy.  Taste, adjust, and add the last cup of broth to thin out the consistency of the soup as desired.  Season with salt and pepper.

 

Yummy!  I made this today (Monday), and it took less than 2 hours to prepare, even with a near-wrestling match with the carrots…  I must admit I was a little worried about the taste of this soup, because I personally find smoked salmon to be a little strong for my taste.  However, the milk and cream and veggies add a wonderful counter-balance to the salmon, so that the smoked flavor isn’t overpowering.  This would be a wonderful soup for the holidays or for when you’re having company for dinner and really want to impress them!

 

Also, I’m toying with the idea of creating a cookbook!  Any suggestions for recipes would be appreciated.  If I haven’t tested and liked the recipe, however, it’s not going to be included!  This will be my Winter Break project between semesters.

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