Nantucket Scallop Chowder
A delicious twist on clam chowder, this hearty winter soup is full of tender scallops and smoky bacon.
8 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
2 onions, chopped
1 3/4 teaspoons dried thyme
4 cups bottled clam juice
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 white-skinned potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons butter
1 pound bay scallops
- Sauté bacon in heavy large saucepan over medium heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels and drain well.
- Drain all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat from saucepan. Add onions and thyme to same saucepan and sauté over medium-high heat until onions are light golden, about 10 minutes. Add 4 cups clam juice, 1/2 cup white wine and potatoes. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
- Add cream and half of bacon and bring to simmer.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large skillet over high heat. Add half of scallops and sauté until light golden, about 2 minutes. Add scallops to chowder. Repeat with remaining butter and scallops. Season chowder to taste with salt and pepper.
- Ladle chowder into bowls. Sprinkle with paprika and remaining bacon and serve immediately.
Makes 6 servings.