Nothing brings back memories of growing up in New England like a cup of authentic New England Clam Chowder. Today, I am sharing a recipe for a truly luxurious Lobster and Corn Chowder that we used to serve at my home back in Connecticut as an appetizer or as a main entree with toasted Tuscan bread. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.
In our kitchen we substituted the salt pork with bacon, and reserved a little to garnish the top of the dish when plating. I always liked to place a full claw of meat upon the top before the bacon crumble finish but that isn’t present in the picture below.
(2) 2 lb. live Maine lobsters
1 large stalk celery, roughly chopped
1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
1 sprig fresh parsley
1 bay leaf
5 black peppercorns
1⁄4 lb. salt pork, diced
3 medium yellow onions, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 1⁄2 lb. red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1⁄2″ cubes
4 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 6 ears)
3 cups half & half
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add lobsters and cook for 8–10 minutes. Remove lobsters, reserving cooking liquid, and run under cold water. Remove meat (discard tomalley and coral) and cut into small pieces. Return shells and 10 cups reserved cooking liquid to pot.
Add celery, carrot, parsley, bay leaf, and peppercorns to cooking liquid, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 1⁄2 hours. Strain broth through a sieve into a large saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until reduced to 6 cups, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
Cook salt pork in a large pot over medium-low heat until crisp, about 20 minutes. Remove, drain on paper towels; set aside for garnish. Cook onions and garlic in rendered fat over low heat until translucent, about 20 minutes.
Add potatoes, corn, and reduced broth to onions, increase heat to medium, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in half-and-half and a dash of cayenne and return to a simmer. Add lobster meat and simmer (do not boil) until heated through, 3–5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and top with reserved salt pork.
Recipe, Instructions and photos courtesy of Saveur – A great magazine I have been reading since childhood.