Delight your family with this divine chowder recipe. The salty porkiness of the bacon is balanced by the oceanic freshness of the crabmeat, making for a soup that is filling and well-balanced.
It's also chock-full of vegetables — potatoes, leeks, red pepper, corn — which means it's a meal in a bowl.
Don't be intimidated by the long ingredient list; this chowder really is a cinch to throw together. Get the recipe now when you read more. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Serves 4.
4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
2 large baking potatoes — peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced crosswise
2 leeks, split lengthwise and sliced 1/2 inch thick
4 ribs celery with leafy tops, chopped
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Half of a red bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup dry sherry
One 32-ounce container (4 cups) chicken broth
One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 cups frozen corn kernels
12 ounces lump crabmeat, picked over for pieces of shell
2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
A generous handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped chives
Grated peel of 1 lemon or orange
Oyster crackers, optional for serving
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil