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Judy Mayberry...It\'s your Birthday...!!

ChubbyChubby Posts: 2,790
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
So...this is your Birthday Chowder!!


4 ounces pancetta/slab bacon, (cut in lardons)
2 cups yellow onion, (peeled and julienned)
2-3 med/large leeks, rinsed, white parts only, sliced into half moons
3 med/large shallots, (peeled and sliced)
1/3 cup celery, (diced)
2 cloves fresh garlic, (minced)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, (minced)
1 bay leaf
1 cup white wine
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups half and half
3 or 4 medium yukon gold potatoes, (medium dice)
1 tablespoon Italian parsley,(shaved)
1 tablespoon fresh chives,
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

I used a 6 quart Dutch oven for this Judy.

* Add the butter and pancetta/bacon and place it over medium heat to render and carmelize.

* Once most of the fat has been released and the meat is carmelizing remove and reserve for later, (leaving the fat in the pan).

* Add the onions, shallots and celery. Saute until they are just becoming golden...(not brown)!! (Don't over cook as carmelizing will turn the finnished Soup dark).

* Add the leeks, garlic, and thyme and cook until the leeks are just becoming soft. Add the bay leaf, white wine and the chicken stock.

* Bring to a boil and add the half and half, reserved bacon or pancetta, and the potatoes.

* Bring the soup back to a boil and then immediately turn off the heat and cover the pot.

Allow it to rest for about 45 minutes..,stirring once.


Note: During the resting period... (after about 20 mins)..,this is where I stir the pot once, and add about a half of a pound of baby scallops.
You could substitute small peeled and deveined shrimp for the same "sweetness". About 15 or twenty minutes is all they need to "cook thru".

Srir in the shaved parsley right before serviong.

Then again, I'ts your Birthday, and you can do what you!!!

Have a wonderful day Judy!!!


  • Chubs, you are the BEST! First the GrateMates for my Small Egg, now the chowder. Thanks so very much. I don't feel one second older...39 forever!!!!!!!!

    Judy in San Diego
    Judy in San Diego
  • RRPRRP Posts: 14,429
    I'll second that wish for that young lass to have a Happy Birthday! ;)
    Dunlap, IL
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,665
    happy birthday Judy,,, see ya in a couple months
  • ChubbyChubby Posts: 2,790
    AHHHHHHH.., you're too kind!!

    That said.., I never tire of being slobbered over by pretty Ladies! In fact.., I live for it!!


  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Happy Birthday Judy and many more. ;) Tim
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,807
    Happy Birthday Judy. All the best.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max +++ 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015

  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,272
    Judy, Happy Birthday!!!! Hope your day is great!
  • thechief96thechief96 Posts: 1,908
    Happy Birthday Judy. If your weather in San Diego is as nice as San Jose, I know it is because of you.
    Dave San Jose, CA The Duke of Loney
    Happy Birthday Judy and wishes for many, many more. :)

    I agree . . . 39 for ever! :lol:

    Chubby, your Chowder is perfect! By "baby scallops" would you mean Bay Scallops? In a pinch I would use any scallops I could get my hands on. :) I had a buddy up in Maine that would make almost the same identical chowder and use Sea Scallops he had just gone diving for that morning. Awesome! I used to make the same chowder with homemade fish stock in place of the chicken stock and add Haddock to it and let it poach in the chowder. A perfect fish chowder. Even just adding corn for a Corn Chowder would be wonderful! There is absolutely nothing better on a cold winters day then a good chowder! Thanks for sharing.


  • ChubbyChubby Posts: 2,790're probably right on the scallops! I just callem' baby because they are the small!!

    I make a lot of chowders as well...I like this typoe cause it's thick, but not wallpaper pasty thick, and a no brainer to make!

    I also love cioppino too!!

    Wish I has some...right now!

  • Happy Birthday, Judy! Many happy returns of the day.
  • Thanks to ALL of you well-wishers. I really appreciate your kind thoughts.

    I got a beautiful e-card today and I think you all might be interested in this site for your own future use. I'll give you the link and I hope it will come through for you:

    Judy in sunny, warm gorgeous San Diego
    Judy in San Diego
  • Hope you have a great birthday! I would like a small bowl of chowder if there is any left, no cake :)
  • YBYB Posts: 3,861
    Happy birthday Judy...Hope you have a great day.

  • Spring HenSpring Hen Posts: 1,475
    Happy Birthday, Judy....from Judy....We sure are some lucky girls to know Chubby....

    psstt..Chubby...September 2nd is a good day for Chowder..just sayin... :whistle:
  • FluffybFluffyb Posts: 1,815
    Hey Judy,

    Happy Birthday! Hope it is a great day! :laugh:
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,587
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Miss Judy! :woohoo: :) :) :) :) :)
  • Group Thank You's today...I love all the warm congratulations. It's such a chore for readers to click on individual thank you posts that I decided to spare you all and do a bunch at a time. For the greater good.

    Best wishes back at ya!

    Judy in San Diego
  • Happy b day Hope Its a Smokin one
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 7,675
    Late to the party, but hope you had a great day, Judy!! So, what did you cook for breakfast? ;)
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • Happy Birthday, Judy ...

  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,391
    Happy Birthday Judy! :)

    See you in Florida.
  • elzbthelzbth Posts: 2,075
    Happy Birthday - hope it has been filled with all of your favorite things!!! :)
  • Thank you, ladies, it's been a blast today. A great Italian dinner out tonight and a family brunch halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego tomorrow.

    I take all your good wishes to heart.

    Judy in San Diego
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