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Old 07-22-2012, 00:24   #1
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Tonight I made a seafood chowder with clams, shrimp, and crab. The soup was so delicious that I had trouble not eating the leftovers from the pot as I was ladling it into tupperware.

I'm sure many of you have made something similar, but here's my recipe.

Seafood (any kind, can or fresh, cooked)
1 can broth (I used chicken)
Water (1 can's worth)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons guar gum
3 stalks celery, diced finely
1 shallot or 1/2 yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons butter (or any cooking oil you prefer)
salt, pepper, and paprika to taste
optional: I added about 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder
optional: cauliflower would be a nice addition, but I didn't have any on hand

I chopped up the celery, shallot, and garlic and put them aside. I heated a large pot on medium, added the butter, and then cooked the shallot. I added garlic and cooked for another minute. After that, celery in the pot for a few more minutes. I poured in the broth and then the water, brought to a boil, and then reduced to simmer. I wasn't sure when to add the guar gum, so I put in 1/2 teaspoon at a time starting here, stirring and watching. I simmered the soup for about 30 minutes to let the celery soften, and worked up to about 1 1/2 teaspoon of guar gum to get the desired thickness that I wanted. A few minutes before serving, I poured in 1/2 cup of heavy cream and brought up the temperature to low. Finally, I dropped in the cooked seafood so that it wouldn't get chewy.

This soup was so savory and satisfying, and a little spicy because of the paprika. You could really add anything, like bell peppers, cauliflower or even carrot. The texture was so nice, too. Very creamy and thick, like a real clam chowder.

Next time I'm going to add more cream and use just shrimp and crab because I'm not a big fan of clams.

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Old 07-22-2012, 00:57   #2
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I use a little fish in mine too, if there's cod in the freezer or something like it. But I see my recipe is from a coupla years ago when I was still trying to have my carbs & eat them too. I'll be tweaking mine with a few things from yours now, Miss B!

I do get down/dirty and go straight to the ground red pepper though . . . don't need a burn, but gotta have a little sizzle!

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