This upscale chowder is simple enough for a weeknight meal, yet elegant enough for entertaining. Serve with crusty bread and mixed greens tossed with a lemony vinaigrette.
4 slices thick-cut bacon (about 4 ounces), cut into 1/8-inch dice
Cook bacon in a large soup pot, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; reserve. Stir onions into the bacon fat remaining in pan; cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in potatoes and clam juice; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are just tender, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low; stir in salmon. Cook until salmon is just firm and opaque, about 5 minutes. Add half-and-half, stirring, until heated through. Stir in reserved bacon and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Yield: Makes about 10 cups
*For variation, substitute coarsely diced shrimp and/or scallops for the salmon, or combine the three for a seafood melange.
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