This chowder was super easy to make and relatively inexpensive, considering it was full of seafood. You can make it as mild or as spicy as you want by adjusting the amount of cayenne you include. As well, you can change the seafood, depending on what you can find in your local store. The package of frozen seafood I found was pre-cooked. I also found some giant prawns that were on sale, so I added them for a little bit of extra fun. Serve with fresh bread and butter and you have a simple, tasty meal that is relatively healthy!
Mixed Seafood Chowder
Easy to make
Eat With Me Canada Original Recipe
1/2 white onion, sliced
1 leek (white part), sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small fennel, sliced
1 cup chardonnay wine
1 large bay leaf
796 ml can whole tomatoes
pinch of saffron
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp marjoram
pinch of cayenne
1 – 400 g package mixed frozen seafood (pre-cooked): squid, octopus, mussels, shrimp
additional fresh prawns if desired
fresh parsley, chopped
Saute the onion, leek, garlic and fennel on medium/high heat. Add salt & pepper to season.
Add chardonnay to deglaze the pan. Add the tomatoes, squishing them by hand into small pieces, removing any hard spots. Add the bay leaf, a pinch of saffron, the thyme, marjoram and a pinch of cayenne if you wish. Simmer the sauce to blend the flavours. Adjust seasoning as required.
Rinse the frozen seafood in a colander to thaw. If using any raw seafood, stir it into the tomato mixture first, since it will take longer to cook. Once any raw seafood is cooked, stir in the pre-cooked seafood. Once heated, the chowder is ready to serve! Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve with fresh bread and butter.