As the weather turns cooler, thoughts turn to… chowder! Since I used one can of crab for the appetizer, I will use the other can of crab meat for… you guessed it, chowder! You can’t just buy one can of crab… or at least I can’t. Add it to some chicken broth and milk, with some corn, and a shake or two of Old Bay seasoning, and you can make a simple Chesapeake Bay style staple.
Here’s what you’ll need:
8 ounces lump crabmeat
2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 medium onion chopped
2 ribs celery chopped
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
4 teaspoons OLD BAY® Seasoning
1/4 cup flour
1 leaf McCormick® Bay Leaves
Heat butter and oil in large saucepan on medium heat. Add potatoes, onion, celery, bell pepper, Old Bay Seasoning and bay leaf; cook and stir 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in milk and chicken broth. Bring to boil. Add corn and crabmeat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf.
Thin fillets of flounder are a good fish for deep frying. There small size cooks very quickly. Using a heavy beer-batter to encase the fish actually reduces the amount of oil in the fish itself. The oil quickly cooks the batter and transfers that heat to cook the fish inside the batter. But even though… use good quality, non-transfat, high smoke-point oils like canola or peanut oil. You want to taste the fish, not the oil.
Heat oven to 200 degrees. Pour the oil into a large Dutch oven, 1 inch deep. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375 degrees.
Whisk the flour, salt, Old Bay, black pepper and cayenne together in a large bowl. When the oil is almost ready, whisk the beer into the flour mixture until completely smooth.
Pat the fish dry. Add half the fish to the batter and stir gently to coat. Using tongs, lift the pieces of fish from the batter, allowing excess to drip back into the bowl; add to the hot oil.
Fry, stirring pieces gently to prevent sticking together, until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Remove the fried fish to a paper towel to drain and keep warm in oven.
Repeat process with the remaining strips of fish. Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.