Who doesn’t love to curl up with a blanket by the fire and enjoy either a warm beverage (hot chocolate or hot toddy) or my personal favorite a bowl of steaming hot chowder! You guessed it… this weeks challenge is CHOWDER. Usually in Southern California we do not have much of a winter. We go from summer to less hot summer, but this year it has been cold and rainy. Perfect weather for lounging around in your jammies and making a big steaming pot of chowder.
Since I grew up in Oregon when I hear the word “chowder” I immediately think of eating clam chowder in Newport, Oregon along the coast at either Mo’s or Pier 101. Some of my favorite memories are camping along the Oregon Coast.
So instead of doing the traditional I decided to step out of my comfort zone a little and do a Cajun Crab Chowder. Who doesnt love crab and a little spice in their life!
This week has been very cold and rainy but also busy and hectic! So the option of relaxing by the fire with my yummy chowder has been out of the question. To keep the challenge schedule I needed to make and post this recipe by Saturday. Its good to know that even if your busy there is still enough time to make and enjoy this crab chowder.
I personally do not know many people that don’t enjoy the smell of bacon cooking. Any recipe that starts out this way has to be good, right?! Helpful tip: when cutting bacon, it helps if the bacon is slightly frozen.
- 6 strips bacon, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups corn
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 5 small yukon gold potatoes, chopped bite size pieces
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon garlic salt
- 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 1/4 cup green onion, sliced
- 1 1/2 lbs. crab, cooked
- In a pot cook bacon until crispy.
- Then add garlic until fragrant.
- Add corn and combine with bacon and garlic. Then add chicken broth, potatoes, thyme, black pepper, garlic salt, cajun seasoning and red pepper flakes.
- Let simmer until potatoes are tender.
- Add whipping cream, crab and green onion.
- Let simmer until crab is heated through and chowder has thickened a little.
- Serve and enjoy!