This soup has potential. Following the recipe as written, I found it rather bland and very "white." After having one bowl of it, I actually added the salmon and the fennel greens/scallions mixture right into the soup, rather than just using it as a topping. I added some red pepper flakes, and quite a bit more black pepper than the recipe called for. Not only did that make it quite a bit tastier, it was more appetizing looking with the extra color. Next time I will add red bell pepper in with the leeks and fennel. That will give it more color as well. This recipe makes a LOT. Next time I will add more flour as well, as I think it needs to be a little thicker. With these additions, I ended up with a winner. I think corn would be a tasty addition as well.
Leek and Fennel Chowder with Smoked Salmon
MarieLynn Posted: 12/17/08
naturemurph Posted: 06/07/09
I followed the other reviewer's suggestion and added red bell pepper and corn. This was DELICIOUS! I also just mixed in the smoked salmon at the end instead of saving it for topping. I will definitely be making this again. Since it's just the two of us I halved the recipe and we still had plenty of leftovers. I used some canned smoked salmon I had in the cupboard and it was fine.
smiths37 Posted: 02/26/14
I added the corn and bell pepper as other reviewers suggested. I also added a 1/4 tsp of cayenne and 1/4 tsp of smoked paprika. It was still lacking something. We cut the recipe in half for the most part, although I used 4 cups of broth and 1 pound of potatoes. It was plenty of food for 6 people. I'm having leftovers for lunch today, so I'm hoping the flavors have blended a little bit more.
StephanieLark Posted: 08/23/13
This was a really tasty, filling and lovely recipe. I only gave it 4 stars out of 5 (even though what I ended up making had a 5-star taste, but it wasn't the recipe as written). I added the smoked salmon and fennel tops at the end and this infused the chowder with a wonderful smokey flavor. Served topped with chives and cracked papper. This was a great way to use a small amount of quality fish w/o breaking the bank - a little went a long way in this soup. This recipe makes A LOT of soup, but it's chalk-full of beautiful vegetables and all the chopping is worth it. Reheated better the 2nd and 3rd day. Enjoy!