We love seafood, likely because we grew up on the ocean and enjoyed so much of it growing up. A couple of years ago, I wrote about Graham’s crab harvest from the waters off of Prince Rupert. Here’s a great recipe for Crab Chowder.
Graham’s a fisherman from way back and he loves being out on the water and has been missing ocean fishing.
Since he was able to limit out on crab, we were able to have a delicious dinner and still have crab left over.
He decided to spend part of the morning in the kitchen and got the rest of the crab shucked. Then he started improvising a recipe for a pot of Crab Chowder. Here is what he came up with (and it was really good!)
Dice 6 slices of bacon and fry lightly using either a deep fry pan or a large pot. Add 4 cloves of minced garlic. Chop up a small onion and a few pieces of celery to add, if you like. Add 1/4 cup butter and sautee for ten minutes. Sprinkle in some quick flour and stir until it starts to thicken. Add 1 1/2 quarts of milk, put on medium heat and stir frequently.
While this is thickening, dice up 4 medium size potatoes and put them in a fry pan or saucepot. Barely cover with water and boil until the potatoes are soft. Most of the water will evaporate; then add the potatoes and the small amount of remaining water and to the bacon, garlic, flour and milk mixture.
Add a good amount of salt and pepper to taste. A couple of bay leaves are a good addition, but be sure to remember to remove them before serving. If the chowder is too thin, add a little more quick flour. Simmer on medium heat, until thickened. Stir occasionally. This is a wonderfully hearty meal, especially wonderful on a cold winter day. Serve it up with some freshly made biscuits and a salad and you’ve got a healthy dinner. Enjoy!
Here’s a recipe book if you want delicious seafood recipes. Seafood is #1 on the list of things we miss since we moved from the Coast. If you have access to ocean waters, get out there and started. You can drop a crab trap in waters that are from 30 – 75 feet deep. You can easily get crab with a 12 foot aluminum boat, especially if you are in a bay or harbour where there aren’t rough seas.
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