Simple Salmon Chowder

salmon chowder

I usually cook two frozen pre-packaged salmon filets so I don’t have to cook dinner for myself the next night.  I had baked three small potatoes already and had kept 1 1/2 potatoes for my second night.  I had also cooked some Green Giant corn and had enough leftover for my second meal.  So the second night I wanted to make something different with my leftovers so I created this Salmon Chowder.

1 tablespoon butter
1/4 finely chopped small onion
2 finely chopped garlic cloves
1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
leftover piece of salmon filet, already cooked
1 large potato, diced and cooked until soft
1/4 cup or less leftover corn* optional
2 cups chicken stock
freshly ground pepper
(dill and capers – I had cooked the salmon with these on it so it’s up to you if you want to add or not)
3/4 – 1 cup milk, sour cream, or carnation evaporated milk

Put a tablespoon of butter in a frying pan and add garlic, onion, and carrot. Sauté for about 5 minutes until softened.

Heat the salmon and potato (and corn) in a saucepan with the 2 cups of chicken broth and cook for a few minutes – don’t let it boil. Remove a few pieces of potato and salmon and put aside while you puree the soup. Once pureed add the salmon and potato (and corn) back to the soup.  (Giving the soup a little texture.)

Add pepper, dill, and capers (and salt if necessary).

Reheat the soup until warm and put one ladle of the soup into a bowl. Add milk, carnation evaporated milk, or sour cream slowly so that it doesn’t curdle. (Not skim milk.)  Add the soup/milk back to the soup pan and serve as soon as it’s warmed up – not boiling.

[You could add a small handful of grated cheddar cheese.]

This makes about 3 cups of soup or 2 good size servings.

Serve with a few slices of freshly baked French loaf dipping the bread in the soup.

As most times I used parts of  a recipe just so I had an idea what I was doing. The source was allrecipes.com.

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Hot Pepper Spread

 

I had bought some Sardo Jalapenos stuffed with Feta cheese and had chopped up a couple to put on crackers.  I love stuffed peppers, but since undergoing chemo and radiation a few years ago every pore in my tongue is very sensitive.  My tongue was on fire but I still wanted to eat the peppers.  I created this spread so I could enjoy the peppers.

1 pkg. Sardo Hot Peppers stuffed with Feta cheese
1 tub (227g) of cream cheese

I chopped two peppers into small pieces and put them in my food processor.  I added the cream cheese and whirled until I got a nice smooth texture.  That’s it … done.

I tried some of the spread on crackers and it was great so I thought I would share this easy recipe with you.

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Bruschetta Wonton Cups

20170310_152141I love wonton wrappers and bruschetta and decided to try them together.

1 large tomato, seeded and chopped small
1 garlic clove, finely chopped (or more if desired)
dried basil (as much or as little as you like)
olive oil
salt and pepper
mozzarella cheese, shredded or thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 350F.

Press the wonton wrappers into a mini baking cup (muffin pan) for form the cups.

Bake the cups for 10-15 minutes, or until the wrappers are golden brown.  Remove and let cool for at least 5 minutes.

Use a spoon to put the bruschetta into the cups or put bruschetta in a serving bowl.

If you prefer fill the wonton cups and place shredded/thinly sliced mozzarella cheese on top of the bruschetta and put back in the oven for a minute so the cheese can melt. Sprinkle a little dried basil on top of the cheese.

Serve immediately.

Note:  Do not put bruschetta in wonton cups and let sit before serving as the wonton cups will get soggy on the bottom.