Friday 16 November 2012

Smoked Oyster Chowder

This rich and wholesome chowder is perfect for the cold weather coming in. Inspired by my grandfather’s recipe, chowders like this one are a perfect greeting for guests who’ve just come in out of the cold. Salty and full of protein this chowder is an ideal warm up.  If you’re feeling particularly decadent, swap ¼ of the milk out for cream,should probably clarify here though that I'm not liable for any nasty health decisions you make...

-170g. Smoked Oysters (Canned)
-1 Clove of garlic
-2 Onions
-2 Sticks of celery
-4 c. Milk
- Salt and black pepper to taste
-8 Soda Crackers
-1/2 tsp. Butter

1) Melt butter in the bottom of a pot, cook sliced onions, celery and crushed garlic until fragrant
2) Add oysters and their oil mixing very lightly so as not to break up the oysters
3) Add milk and salt, cook on low heat for at least 10 minutes, it is very important that the mixture not boil
4) In last 5 minutes of cooking, crush soda crackers into small chunks and dust and add to the soup, these will thicken and give a whole different consistency to the chowder. It sounds odd but seriously, give it a try!
5) Serve and garnish with generous amounts of freshly crushed black pepper

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