I made this tasty little dish the day before we headed out to our soon-to-be-sold cabin.
It may look hard but it's really easy!
Not 10 minute microwave meatloaf easy, but easy enough.
This chowder is super rustic, and really, anything goes! Hence the 'Freestyle'.
Here's what you need to make Seafood Chowder and Saffron Buttermilk Biscuits.
Hang on tight, it's a long list!
1 large dutch oven or big pot, If you don't have a dutch oven, just borrow your moms like I did :)
4 slices of bacon, chopped up
1 onion diced
4 stalks of celery, chopped up
4 potatoes, diced
1 cup of Vegetable stock or you could use fish stock if you can get your paws on it or pull a 'Martha' and make your own.
3 tablespoons of flour
3 cups of milk
2 jars of clam juice
1 jar of baby clams
1 package of frozen clams
1 package of frozen seafood mix
(I found mine at Safeway. It had everything!)
Salt and pepper to taste
For the Biscuits:
Preheat oven to 475.
2 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of salt
1 cup of buttermilk
1 big pinch of saffron
4 tablespoon of butter, room temperature
1tablespoon of sugar
Fry bacon in large pot until medium-crispy.
Remove fried bacon and set aside.
Saute onion and celery until tender.
Add flour and stir until it gets kind of paste-y looking.
Add in stock to de-glaze, follow with the milk.
Bring to a boil and add the potatoes.
Take it down to a simmer.
When the potatoes are tender, add all the seafood.
Yes, that's butter on top.
Also, I should have used my large pot, but I like the color of my moms dutch oven.
OK, biscuit time!!
You can really use any biscuit recipe you like, but this on required no rolling and cutting.
Gotta love drop biscuits!
First add your saffron to the buttermilk and stir it up, letting the buttermilk infuse with the saffron.
Add all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and add milk mixture and butter.
Mix until combined.
Drop 1/4 cup (or big soup spoon) sized balls onto a lined or lightly greased cookie sheet .
Feel free to send me your aqua Pyrex bowls :)
Voila!! The finished product!
Can you see the steam?!
Well? Can you?!