Sunday, November 11, 2012

Oyster and Spinach Chowder

This is a riff on a spinach and oyster soup that my dad used to make for himself on Friday night after a 12 hour day at our market.  He'd always bring in any leftovers for my brother and I to share the next day.  I added potatoes to make it a little heartier and swapped baby spinach leaves for the regular spinach he would use.

Makes 4 servings
2  1/2 dozen freshly shucked oysters and their liquor
1  1/2 cups clam juice
1/2 cup water
1 Tbl butter
1 Tbl extra virgin olive oil
1 cup diced onion or 1 medium leek, whit and light green part only, thinly sliced
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 cups diced potatoes (small dice)  I used Yukon Gold
1  1/2 cups heavy cream
6 ounces baby spinach leaves, thick stems discarded
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine the oyster liquor, clam juice and water and set aside.
In a medium soup pot over medium heat, saute the onion or leek in the butter and olive oil until soft.  Add the garlic and saute about 30 seconds more.
Add the reserved broth and potatoes to the pot.  Bring up to a boil and then simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
Add the cream, bring back up to a simmer and stir in the spinach.  Cook the spinach until it barely wilts and then add the oysters and any accumulated juices. Bring back up to the simmer and simmer for about 3 or 4 minutes until the oysters are just done.  season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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