Smoked Salmon Chowder

Smoked Salmon Chowder

Recipe by Sandra MyersCourse: Soups, DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces hot-smoked salmon, broken into small pieces

  • 4 strips bacon, chopped

  • 5 cups chicken broth

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, diced

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 2 stalks celery

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed with a rolling pin

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Brown bacon in a large pot over medium heat until almost crispy. Drain grease and add butter to cooked bacon.
  • Once melted, add onion, celery, carrot, and bell pepper. Stir and cook until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add diced potatoes, dill, thyme, basil, paprika, crushed fennel seeds, tomato paste, and capers to pot. Stir to combine.
  • Pour in chicken broth and increase heat to medium-high. Once boiling, cover with a lid and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are softened and tender but not falling apart.
  • Add cubed cream cheese and stir to thoroughly combined with other ingredients.
  • Add salmon, cream, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Let chowder heat just until everything is gently heated through. Adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Remove from heat, and garnish with fresh dill and a loaf of crusty bread.
  • Serve immediately!

Notes

  • For the leftovers, store in an airtight container and keep in refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in microwave before serving.
Smoked Salmon Chowder
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