It's perfect for a New Years Eve party or just because your craving hearty, seafood, comfort food. I usually make Cioppino for Christmas Eve, but I was craving something a little bit heartier this year, and Seafood Chowder hit the spot. Colt ate 3 bowls alone, and the kids just couldn't get enough. You can use whatever seafood is on sale or available. Lobster and mussels would also make great additions, the possibilities are endless.
Make this soup soon.
Your stomach will thank you for it!
In a large soup pot melt 3 tablespoons Butter, and 3 tablespoons Olive Oil over medium-high heat. Add 2 whole Thinly Slice Leeks up until the light green part, and 4 stalks Chopped Celery. Cook until leeks start to lightly brown, and soften.
Sprinkle 2/3 cup All-Purpose Flour over the top, and cook until well combined.
Slowly whisk in 7 cups Seafood Stock, to prevent lumps.
Stir in 6 medium sized Peeled and Diced Potatoes, and 2 teaspoons Fresh Thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook for 25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
Stir in 1 pound Cod or other firm white fish cut into bite-size chunks, 1 pound Peeled and Deveined Shrimp, and 3/4 pound Scallops.
Add 1 pound Fresh Clams, and press them down into the soup.
Stir in 1 pound Lump Crab Meat, 2 cups Sweet Corn, return to a simmer, cover, and cook for 8-10 minutes or until clams are open. Discard any unopened clams after 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups Heavy Cream or Half and Half.
Garnish with Fresh Chives if desired.
Absolutely to die for.