We've streamlined this favorite creamy shrimp chowder by using canned soup as the base.
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 medium onion, chopped
2 (10 3/4-ounce) cans cream of potato soup, undiluted
3 1/2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 1/2 pounds medium-size fresh shrimp, peeled*
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Garnish: chopped fresh parsley
Oyster crackers (optional)
How to Make It
Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add onion, and sauté 8 minutes or until tender. Stir in cream of potato soup, milk, and pepper; bring to a boil. Add shrimp; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often, 5 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Stir in cheese until melted. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately. Serve with oyster crackers, if desired.
*1 1/2 pounds frozen shrimp, thawed; 1 1/2 pounds peeled crawfish tails; or 3 cups chopped cooked chicken may be substituted.
I made this and changed it up just a little bit based on what I had here at home. I used 3/4 cup frozen large salad shrimp and about 3/4 cup frozen golden corn. I also used 3 cups milk and added 1/2 cup half and half to thicken it a bit. At the end I stirred in some chopped parsley and chopped bacon. I would definitely make this again. My husband basically licked the bowl clean :) Next time I would consider scaling back the milk a little to make it creamier and also might add some diced potatoes. Add the bacon, you won't be sorry!