Despite being there in the culinary world for over 300 years or more, chowder isn't known to many. Chowder is hardly mentioned, mainly when one looks at its distant cousin, i.e., soup's popularity. It is creamier and quite versatile by including different ingredients. Potato chowder makes an ideal dinner choice which is hearty and filled with the goodness of milk
Often it becomes a puzzling situation to decide what to cook for dinner. Especially when the need is for something easy-to-prepare, healthy and not too heavy on the stomach, it turns into a dodo moment. I know, like me, many people will immediately suggest soup. With that intent, I embarked on a search for recipes and stumbled upon potato chowder. And I was convinced that it was a perfect pick. The consistency of potato chowder is similar to that of stew; it is thick, creamy, and full of chunks. In contrast to potato soup, this recipe calls for a substantial amount of milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream in addition to the broth. While soup recipes typically call for nothing but broth or stock.
Usually, a chowder is more analogous to a stew than a soup. On the other hand, many use the phrases soup, stew, and chowder in a relatively interchangeable sense. Although loaded baked potato soup more commonly resembles a stew or chowder in terms of its viscosity, some home chefs continue to refer to it as a soup.
Delish and creamy chowder, Image Source: theridgemarketplace@Instagram
For the benefit of those unfamiliar with the term, "chowder" refers to a dish resembling a thick soup made by combining milk or cream, a roux, and fish or vegetables. Chowders can be served with either oyster crackers or saltines as a side item, and individual cracker pieces can be sprinkled on top of the meal. The traditional ingredients for New England clam chowder include chopped clams, diced potatoes, a base consisting of a combination of cream and milk, and frequently a touch of butter. Other common types of chowder include seafood chowder, which consists of fish, clams, and many different kinds of shellfish; lamb or veal chowder made with barley; corn chowder, which uses corn instead of clams; a wide variety of fish chowders; and potato chowder, which is frequently made with cheese. All of these chowders are typically served hot. Chowder made with clams, fish, and corn is a regional speciality in several parts of North America, including New England and Atlantic Canada.
Let's learn how to make creamy potato chowder for dinner!
The classic potato chowder, Image Source: gabicoffeebakery@Instagram