Some may want to know, what is chowder? It is a type of stew or soup that is usually thick and rich in taste. Traditionally a chowder may be based on bacon with different varieties of seafood added in the soup for protein. While there are traditional ways to make this tasty creation, inevitably each batch that is made will taste just a little bit different than the last pot.
So, chowder is really about culture and what types of seafoods you prefer to have in a rich, thick and creamy stew. Chowders can be ‘White’, milk based, or ‘Red’ tomato based. Depending upon the area that you live can many times determine which flavor base is preferred by most people in your area.
Folks in the Northeastern U.S. may prefer a milk or cream based clam chowder, fish or seafood chowder.
The history of chowder is rooted in the word ‘calderia’, which is Latin for ‘a place to warm things’. As time went by the meaning changed to mean a cooking pot. You could also think of the word as a cauldron.
In the past, fishermen would put fish and seafood parts that were left over from their day spent fishing, into a pot and cook it down.
They would add potatoes and other vegetables that they had around the kitchen. The recipe and exact ingredients would change each time they prepared and cooked a chowder, because the contents of the stew or soup, would depend upon what they had to place into the chowder pot.
What is Chowder?
When you think about what chowder is and how many delicious varieties and recipes are possible, it is no surprise that many different seafood chowders are popular and delicious. You have almost an endless amount of possible results.
Most, if not all of them should be delicious. The key is not to burn or scold your roux.
Some of today’s popular recipe names would include:
• New England Clam Chowder
• Manhattan Clam Chowder
• Seafood Chowder
• Corn Chowder
• Fish Chowder
Some other stews and soups that are slightly different, but comparable would include gumbo, bouillabaise, fish soup and fish stew.
A sampling of some fine chowders…
When you want a warm comforting soup, you may want to try a delicious chowder. These wonderful one pot meals can be made with a wide variety of proteins and vegetables.
Blount Fine Foods New England Extreme Clam Chowder – 4 lb. package, 4 per caseBlount Fine Foods Southwest Corn Chowder – 4 lb. package, 4 per caseBlount Fine Foods Shrimp and Roasted Corn Chowder – 4 lb. package, 4 per caseBlount Fine Foods Scallop and Bacon Chowder – 4 lb. package, 4 per case
Shrimp and Corn Chowder Photo
Creamy and delicious looking.
Salmon Chowder Photo
Video: New England Clam Chowder
This video illustrates a recipe and shows how to make this traditional style of chowder.
• Photo Credit: The New England Clam Chowder image at top.
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