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Maine Seafood Chowder

Patricia Reitz

You might be thinking, “what’s Maine chowder?” In short, it’s a brothier version of the more traditional New England-style chowder, which is often thickened with flour. This chowder starts with a flavorful shrimp stock, but it’s thickened with a flavorful heavy cream reduction. Chock full of tender shrimp and bay scallops, this luxurious soup is guaranteed to please the seafood lovers in your life.

Start by carefully cooking the shrimp until it’s just barely cooked through. Here I’m using shrimp that still have their shells, but you can use peeled shrimp if that’s what you have. I like to cook them in the oven, like this.

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When the shrimp are cool enough to handle, remove the shells/tails and cut the shrimp into bite-size pieces; set aside.

Freeze the shells/tails to make shrimp stock at a later time.

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In a large dutch oven or braiser (I use one like this), sauté the bacon until it starts to render some of its fat, then add the leeks and potatoes to the bacon and continue sautéing for about 5 minutes.

Add the shrimp stock and bring to a boil; cook until the potatoes are tender, then turn off the burner.

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In a large skillet, cook the bay scallops in butter just until they’re barely cooked through. Be careful not overcook the scallops or they’ll turn rubbery.

Add the cream, reserved shrimp, and any juices that may have collected on the roasting pan.

Add the parsley and cayenne; stir well and heat until the cream starts to bubble.

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Skim the shrimp and scallops from the cream and set aside while the cream reduces.

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Allow the cream to boil until it reduces in volume and thickens.

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Add the thickened cream to the shrimp stock.

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Stir in the reserved shrimp, scallops, and optional dry sherry. Stir well to combine.

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Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary.

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Enjoy!

Items used to make this recipe:


Maine Seafood Chowder

makes 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces bacon, cut into bite-size piece

  • 4 cups sliced leeks, rinsed well

  • 1.5 pounds red bliss potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • 8 cups shrimp stock (here’s my recipe)

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 2 pounds medium size shrimp (25-30 count), cooked and cut into thirds

  • 1 pound bay scallops, fresh or thawed

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • kosher salt and pepper to taste

  • 1-2 tablespoons dry sherry (optional)

Directions

  1. Cook shrimp until just barely done (directions here).

  2. When the shrimp are cool enough to handle, peel if necessary and cut into thirds; set aside. (freeze shrimp shells/tails to make shrimp stock at a later time)

  3. In a large dutch oven or braiser (I use one like this), sauté the bacon until it starts to render some of its fat, then add the leeks and potatoes to the bacon and continue sautéing for about 5 minutes.

  4. Add the shrimp stock and bring to a boil; cook until the potatoes are tender, then turn off the heat.

  5. In a large skillet, cook the bay scallops in butter just until they’re barely cooked through.

  6. Add the cream and reserved shrimp to the skillet, along with any juices that collected in the baking pan.

  7. Add the parsley and cayenne pepper and heat just until the cream starts to bubble around the edges of the pan.

  8. Skim the shrimp and bay scallops from the cream; set aside.

  9. Allow the cream to bubble away until it reduces a bit and thickens.

  10. Pour the reduced cream into the shrimp stock and add the reserved shrimp and scallops; stir well and serve.

Keto Scampi-Style Chicken

Patricia Reitz

The inspiration for this delicious recipe came from a magazine. I made a few tweaks to the original recipe - it called for the use of bread crumbs, but I wanted to make it more Keto-friendly so I subbed almond flour and I’m so impressed with how wonderful that substitution worked out. It’s hard to believe something this tasty contains only 1 net carb per serving!

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Start by dipping the chicken pieces into beaten egg…

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Then coat them with almond flour.

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Done.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

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Brown chicken on both sides.

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Be careful to not burn the almond meal. Set the chicken aside for now (it’s okay if it isn’t cooked through completely at this point).

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Clean out the pan and add a little more oil to saute the red bell peppers for 5-7 minutes.

Add the sliced garlic and saute, stirring constantly, for 1 full minute.

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Add the chicken stock (try my homemade stock).

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Add the parsley too.

Bring to a gentle bubble and cook until the mixture thickens and reduces by half.

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Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir in the butter.

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Return the chicken to the pan and stir well to coat well.

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Cover pan and continue simmering for 5 minutes until chicken is heated through.

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I like to serve this chicken on a bed of riced cauliflower. The chicken turns out so moist and flavorful - I really hope you’ll give it a try. Enjoy!


Keto Scampi-Style Chicken

makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1/2 cup almond four

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into batonnet (short matchsticks)

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • fresh lemon juice to taste

Directions

  1. Dip chicken pieces in beaten egg followed by almond flour; set aside while oil heats.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil until it shimmers; brown half the chicken pieces until golden brown on both sides, being careful not to burn the almond flour; remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

  3. Wipe pan to remove any remaining almond flour; repeat step 2 with remaining chicken.

  4. Wipe out pan to remove any remaining almond flour; add remaining tablespoons of oil in skillet and saute red bell peppers with a pinch of salt and pepper for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.

  5. Add sliced garlic and stir constantly for 1 full minute; add chicken stock and parsley and allow mixture to bubble until it thickens and reduces by half.

  6. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in butter; taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed.

  7. Return chicken to pan and simmer for 5 minutes, covered, until the chicken is heated through; stir well and squeeze fresh lemon juice over chicken before serving (optional).

Stats: each serving has 225 calories, 26g protein, 13g fat, 2g carbs, 1g fiber (1 net carb).