Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cookbook challenge, week 34: The Astor Grill's seafood chowder

The theme for week 34 is soup, and I made a recipe from Tasmania's Table - seafood chowder from The Astor Grill here in Hobart.

50g softened butter
1 small brown onion, diced
3 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed
1 leek, washed and chopped
225g pink eye potatoes, peeled and diced
1 carrot, peeled, quartered, sliced
15g plain flour
1.2L full cream milk
150mL white wine
450g cod or ling
200g scallops, roe on
8 mussels in shell, debearded
120mL King Island double cream
Salt and pepper
1/2c chopped parsley, for garnish

Heat butter in a large saucepan.
Add onions, garlic, potato, leek and carrots and fry until browned.
Add flour, cook for one minute while stirring constantly.
Add wine and milk slowly, stirring with a wooden spoon to ensure there are no lumps.
Add the fish, scallops and mussels.
Simmer for 10-15minutes or until the potato is soft.
Finish with cream.
Season with salt and pepper to taste (I found that quite a lot of each is needed)
Serve and garnish with parsley.

I have no words for this, other than: oh my gosh it is completely and utterly delicious!
I only had half the amounts of seafood specified as I was planning to make half the recipe until a friend of J's was a last minute dinner guest addition. I can only imagine how much more fantastic this would be with the full amount of seafood... ooh!



  1. I've been meaning to make this for ages - you've inspired me! It being scallop season at the moment helps as well..

  2. I liked it so much that I am going to do it again tonight! But I want to try and make it thicker this time, will experiment with blending up some of the potato

  3. I made it! It's yummy! The only thing I'd change is the type of fish - I could only get trevally and it was a little bit too strongly fish flavoured IMO.
    The Drunken Admiral put crayfish in theirs, think I might try that sometime

  4. Yum, yum, yum. I made something similar for seafood week and loved every mouthful too. This one sounds delicious with the added cream...heaven.