Westcoast Salmon Chowder
Leftover salmon makes a wonderful chowder. This version with potatoes, bacon, and wild chanterelle mushrooms is truly a west coast treat! It is light but hearty, giving you the energy of a grizzly bear.
- 3 cups nugget potatoes chopped into 1 inch cubes
- 2 additional medium-sized light skin nugget potatoes sliced in half and peeled
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 large leeks finely chopped
- 4 stalks celery chopped
- 4 pieces of bacon
- 6 to 8 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup each diced carrot and corn
- 1/2 cup chanterelle mushrooms
- 1 large fillet of cooked salmon
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1 large bay leaf
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
- paprika to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
In a large stock pot, saute bacon and onions until soft and bacon fat is cooked down. Add celery and leeks and saute further, until soft. Add in a bit of chicken stock to the pot if the mixture gets dry and begins to brown too much. Add in 6 cups of chicken stock and potatoes and bring to a boil. Add carrots, corn, mushrooms, salmon, and spices then turn down heat and simmer. Top with more chicken stock if veggies are not fully covered.
When potatoes are tender, remove the 4 potato halves and transfer to a smaller pot. Add butter and cream to the pot and blend with an immersion blender. The mixture will become thick and gluey quite quickly. When smooth, ladle mixture into chowder and stir until completely mixed in. Continue to add ladles of the potato mixture until you get the consistency of chowder you want.
Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with warm crusty bread. Mmmm.