Fish Chowder Recipe
One of the best fish chowder recipes, from Rhode Island.
Fry 5 or 6 slices of fat pork crisp in the bottom of the pot
you are to make your chowder in; take them out and chop them into
small pieces, put them back into the bottom of the pot with their
own gravy. (This is much better than having the slices whole.)
Slice four pounds of fresh cod or sea-bass into pieces 2 inches
square, and lay enough of these on the pork to cover it. Follow
with a layer of chopped onions, a bit of parsley, summer savory
and pepper, either black or cayenne. Then a layer of split Boston,
or butter, or whole cream crackers, which have been soaked in warm
water until moistened through, but not ready to break.
Above this put a layer of pork and repeat the order given above — onions,
seasoning (not too much), crackers and pork, until your ingredients
are gone. Let the top layer be buttered crackers well soaked.
Pour in enough cold water to just cover all. Cover the pot, stew
gently for an hour, watching that the water does not sink too low.
Should it leave the upper layer exposed, add more cautiously from
the boiling tea kettle. When the fish chowder is thoroughly done,
remove with a perforated skimmer and put into a tureen. Thicken the
gravy with a table spoonful of flour and about the same amount
of butter; boil and pour over the chowder. Serve sliced lemon,
pickles and stewed tomatoes with it, that the guests may add if they choose.