On most days when the paper arrives in the morning, I head straight for the Sports Section (yes, girls like sports, too), but on Wednesday the Sports Section is cast aside in favor of the Food Section, and specifically the column in the food section called “Special Requests” that divulges specially requested recipes from area restaurants. This past week the Post-Dispatch featured a recipe that particularly caught my eye, lifetime lover of soup that I am. It was for chowder from Robust's Wine Bar, an area eatery with three locations.
The list of ingredients is ample, but the soup comes together rather quickly as the vegetables can be chopped while the meats are cooking. I cut the recipe in half, and it came out beautifully (and I was certainly glad that I had a bag of previously roasted poblanos in the freezer).
I took a portion to my dad, who is more a fan of the broth-y meat-and-vegetable kind of soup, and he gave this a thumbs up, as did the two of us. It has loads of flavor, with a tiny bit of heat that will have you scraping the bowl and wanting more.
Yield: 16 (1-cup) servings
In a large, heavy pot, heat milk and cream until just before it begins to boil, stirring often; do not allow to boil.
Meanwhile, in a large, heavy pot, heat butter and oil until shimmery on medium heat. Add chorizo and andouille and cook for about 5 minutes until fat begins to render. Add onion, celery, peppers, chile and potato, let sweat for about 5 minutes. Stir in spices, salt, pepper and shrimp.
Stir in flour, stirring well to combine evenly, scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent sticking and burning.
Slowly stir in milk and cream mixture, then gently stir continuously until chowder comes almost to a boil. When shrimp are cooked, stir in corn and remove from heat. Refrigerate for 24 hours to allow flavors to develop.
To serve Robust-style, gently reheat, stirring often to prevent scorching. Serve in bowls with crostini on the side. (I topped mine with a few slices of Melissa’s shishito peppers to give it a bit more pizazz!)
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