- SERVINGS: 4
With its all-American ingredients, this New England-style chowder is a comfort-food classic. The soup needs only bread, or traditional oyster crackers, as an accompaniment.
- 1/4 pound sliced bacon
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup bottled clam juice
- 3/4 pound boiling potatoes (about 2), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
- 1 rib celery, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups fresh (cut from about 3 ears) or frozen corn kernels
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 pounds cod fillets, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- In a large pot, cook the bacon until crisp. Drain the bacon on paper towels and crumble when cooled.
- Add the butter and onions to the pot. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the water, clam juice, potatoes, celery, red-pepper flakes, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
- Return the bacon to the pot. Add the corn, milk, and cream and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the cod and pepper. Bring back to a simmer and cook until just done, about 3 minutes longer.
A rich Chardonnay from California will pair nicely with the creaminess of the chowder. Try to find one that hasn't been aged in oak.