Hot Chowder For Cold Weather One of the best ways to enjoy your catch on a chilly, autumn afternoon is in the form of hot Fish Chowder. It's easy to make and—this ain't rocket science—you can leave out what you don't like, or add more of what you do. A lot of recipes call for halibut, haddock or cod, but it works just fine with crappies, bluegills, yellow perch, walleyes, pike (deboned, of course) or other firm, white fish. This will make about 10 one-cup servings, so plan on it feeding about four hungry anglers. It goes great with a cold beer and warm corn muffins or buttermilk biscuits.
Things You Need: 3 strips thick-cut bacon 1 large onion, chopped 1 stalk celery, diced 4 cups chicken broth 4 cups potatoes, chopped to bite-size 1 1/2-2 lbs. fish, cut into 1/2 - to 3/4-inch cubes Salt to taste Ground black pepper to taste 24 oz. evaporated milk 1 (15 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained How You Make It 1. Cook bacon in large stockpot until crisp. Remove bacon; crumble. Pour off all but 1 to 2 teaSpoons of the drippings from stockpot.
2. Cook onion and celery in same stockpot until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes and broth; bring to a simmer. Simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are nearly tender. Add fish; simmer 10 minutes or until fish just begins to flake.
3. Stir in evaporated milk, corn, salt and pepper; cook until heated through (do not boil). Garnish with crumbled bacon.