Shrimp and Smoked Oyster Chowder

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup bottled clam broth
  • 2 cans Oregon’s Choice Pacific Pink Shrimp
  • 6 garlic cloves—4 smashed, 2 minced
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small fennel bulb, cored and finely diced (1/2 cup)
  • 1 celery rib, finely diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, finely diced
  • One 14-ounce can peeled Italian tomatoes, finely chopped and juices reserved
  • 1 medium baking potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces skinless grouper or cod fillet, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • One 7. 5 oz can Oregon’s Choice Smoked Pacific Oysters, drained and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

In a large saucepan, combine the water and clam broth with the smashed garlic, sherry, crushed red pepper, bay leaves and one third of the onion. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, over low heat for 20 minutes. Strain the stock into a heatproof bowl and discard the solids.

In a soup pot, heat the oil. Add the fennel, celery, bell pepper, minced garlic and the remaining onion. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring once or twice, until the vegetables are barely softened, 3 minutes. Uncover and cook until tender, 3 minutes longer. Add the tomatoes with their juices and the stock; bring to a simmer. Add the potato, season with salt and pepper and simmer until just tender, 15 minutes. Add the shrimp, grouper, oysters and Worcestershire sauce; simmer until cooked through, 3 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the buttermilk and parsley. Serve in deep bowls.

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