Cuisine quest: Shrimp chowder, as Donna made it
Russ Fairless from Sandy was so thrilled with our recipe for Bratten's fried scallops he requested another of Bratten's long ago favorites - their Coney Island shrimp chowder. Fairless recalls it containing potatoes, onions, carrots, celery and, of course, shrimp.
Well, Mr. Fairless, you're a lucky fellow. Today, with the help of Bratten's Boston clam chowder recipe, thanks to Eleanor Kondo Ream and a forum thread in 2009 on City-data.com between "Sayulita," "Zionide" and "Katzpur." The latter got the recipe from "a friend who got it directly from a woman named 'Donna' who used to make it at Bratten's," we're publishing one darn close Coney Island shrimp chowder.
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Coney Island shrimp chowder
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
2 cups peeled and diced russet potatoes
1/4 cup clam juice plus 21/2 cups, divided
2 ounces salt pork, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups cooked bay shrimp
Freshly ground white pepper
In a pot over medium-high heat, combine the onion, celery, carrots, potatoes and 1/4 cup clam juice. Add water to just cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium heat, cook the salt pork, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Melt the butter and add the flour, stirring constantly, until the flour is fragrant and lightly brown, 3-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and remaining 21/2 cups clam juice and stir. Add the cooked onion-potato mixture and cook, allowing the flavors to meld and stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes. Add the bay shrimp, pepper and salt to taste. Serve with oyster water crackers.
Source Adapted from Bratten's and "Donna"