Shrimp and Crab Chowder

This was super easy to make. I had everything on hand except for the heavy cream and garlic Mozarella bread. I used frozen shrimp and canned crab meat. Obviously, fresh would have been best, but this was a meal that revolved around what was already in the pantry. Believe you me. It took all of my will power not to splurge on fresh seafood. Instead, I splurged on a nice bottle of cabernet.

Shrimp and Crab Chowder

 

1 lb lump crab meat

1 lb shrimp

2 to 3 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped into one-inch pieces

16 oz frozen corn

1 yellow onion, diced

1 tsp minced garlic

1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and diced

½ cup white wine

1 Tbs. olive oil

1 Tbs. butter

1 cup heavy whipping cream

8 oz. onion and chive cream cheese

8 oz. cheddar cheese

16 oz Chicken broth

3 Tbs. flour

½ tsp sugar

1 tsp Old Bay seasoning

Several dashed of Tabasco

1 bay leaf

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Sauté onion (season the onion with salt and pepper) in oil and butter until softened. Add bell pepper and garlic. Continue cooking over medium heat five minutes. Add white wine and continue cooking another 5 minutes. Add potatoes, chicken broth, sugar, Old Bay, bay leaf, paprika, Italian seasoning, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cook covered over medium heat 45 minutes.

 

Once potatoes are tender and flavors have combined remove the bay leaf and add the flour. Using an immersion blender, cream the soup to desired consistency. Then add cream, cheddar and cream cheese. Stir to combine. Then add the corn, shrimp and crab. Cover and let simmer over low heat until everything is cooked through.

 

Serve with crusty bread. Garnish with additional cheese and either fresh parsley or cilantro.

M and I really enjoyed having this for dinner. We added a simple salad and garlic cheese bread to complete the meal.

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5 responses to “Shrimp and Crab Chowder

  1. I like the way you think–the bottle of wine really is more important! I was just wondering today what food to pair with my bottle of wine…I realize it should be the other way around, but hey, it IS Sunday 🙂

  2. That sounds fabulous!!

  3. How did the cab work with the chowder? And what cab was it?

    Eddie G: You always have your priorities in order!

  4. lol, i keep wanting an excuse to use old bay seasoning and there ya go.

  5. Food Czar-

    You’re too much fun 🙂

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