Chowders just seem to hit the spot, don’t they? This one is easy and I actually made it for lunch yesterday. I used fake krab in my effort to use lower fat products and it worked great. I also decided to leave the peel on the red potatoes because I like the way it looks. The recipe calls for 5 potatoes, diced, but I found that three were plenty.
Shrimp and Crab Chowder
1 pound medium fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 pound fresh crabmeat or fake krab
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
1 (8-oz.) bottle clam juice
3 red potatoes, peeled and diced, use up to 5 if you want
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
Garnish: chopped fresh parsley, I used fresh cracked black pepper instead
Sauté onion, garlic, and celery in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in broth and next 4 ingredients. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Stir in shrimp, crabmeat, and heavy cream or half and half. Cook over low heat 5 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.
Garnish, if desired.
Makes 6-8 servings.