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Bahamian White Conch Chowder

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This recipe is from an old, hand-written cookbook that my mother-in-law had. She has passed away and I always think of her when I make this dish. Most Bahamian's are used to a tomato-based chowder and are surprised when they taste this...and love it! My family, friends, and kids can't get enough of this and I always have to double the recipe! Note that frozen conch is great in this recipe because the freezing helps to tenderize the conch.

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Ingredients

  • 2 large conch, including the orange mantle
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 potatoes, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 (6-ounce) can evaporated milk

Details

Servings 4
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 90mins

Preparation

Step 1

Crank conch through the medium cutter of a meat grinder. Alternately, cut conch into chunks and then pulse it in a food processor until it's cut into small pieces. Put conch into a bowl and stir in the lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside to marinate.

Saute bacon and add onions, garlic, potatoes, and carrots. Add the conch and stir-fry a few minutes. Add water and bouillon. Simmer one hour or pressure cook 15 minutes. Add salt and black pepper to taste, parsley, and wine. Add milk before serving.

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