Cooking from the Pantry - Creamy Bay Scallop Chowder. I love making soups and chowders, fall season will be here soon and it will be time pull the soup and chowder recipes that will warm your soul with wonderful flavors.
• 1 large sauté pan
• 3 - 5 quart soup pot
• cooking spoons and measuring utensils
• Large Soup Tureen and small soup bowls
In large sauté pan, medium high, add olive oil and unsalted butter. Then add onions and garlic, sauté until tender. Add bay scallops and sauté until translucent (about 2 - 3 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.
In 3 - 5 quart soup pot , medium high ( in this order) add 1 3/4 cup chicken broth ( hold back 1/4 of broth to combine with corned starch). Then add diced potatoes and let cooked for about 3 - 5 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender (do not over cook). Now add milk, cream of shrimp soup, and cream cheese. Blend well, be careful not to breakup or mash potatoes. Let simmer for another 2 - 3 minutes.
Add sherry, old bay seasoning and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Then add scallops with garlic and onions to chowder base. Check for thickness at this time. Combine corned starch and 1/4 cup of chicken broth to make a slurry , then pour slurry into chowder. Now add diced bell peppers and fresh chopped parsley and let chowder simmer for about another 5 to 8 minutes.
Serve chowder in soup tureen and garnish with slice chili peppers and scallops. Serve with crackers or fresh French bread. Enjoy