Cheddar Fish Chowder

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Cheddar Fish Chowder

Post  Admin on Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:36 pm

Cheddar Fish Chowder

6 slices side bacon, chopped
1/2 cup each thinly sliced celery and chopped onion
1 pkg 14 oz frozen fish fillets, partially thawed
2 cups diced, peeled potatoes, uncooked
2 cans 10 oz chicken broth
1/4 tsp ground thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
2 cups shredded Canadian Cheddar* cheese

In large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon and set aside. Over medium heat sauté celery and onion in bacon drippings until tender.

Cut fish into 1/2 inch (1 cm) pieces. Add to saucepan along with potatoes, chicken broth, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Meanwhile, melt butter in medium saucepan. Blend in flour and gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens.

Remove from heat, add Canadian Cheddar cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Stir into fish mixture. Discard bay leaf and season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with reserved bacon and serve.


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