An Old Time Chowder Base Recipe for traditional chowder lovers. A hearty and flavorful beginning to any type of chowder.
Many old time chowder recipes begin with a base to which you can add your favorite ingredients (or the ones you have available) to create a unique recipe.
The base is composed of a smoky meat, onions, bread or cracker crumbs, potatoes, and a liquid along with some seasonings.
The following base mix is our version of a traditional base that can be used to make any chowder by adding whatever floats your boat to the mixture.
When making a clam or fish chowder, plan ahead and use the stock from cooking your fresh clams or fish (or the canned juice) and reserve the fish/clams to add later. Seafood is very delicate when it comes to cooking and should be added last to prevent toughness.
The following recipe will yield 6 to 8 servings of chowder.
The finished chowder base can be used to make any type of chowder you like.
Try smoked salmon with fresh dill.
Add chopped cooked clams for a creamy New England clam chowder.
Colorful vegetables (cooked and chopped broccoli, asparagus, corn, sweet peppers or a combination) make a yummy vegetable chowder.
Make a fantastic seafood chowder by adding chunks of cooked fish and shellfish.