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Crab and Hominy Chowder

Makes 2 quarts; 4 to 6 servings

Total Time
30 mins

Crab and corn are a classic chowder combination, but there's no fresh corn in February. We've used hominy instead, giving this flavorful soup a satisfying bite and playing up the Southwest vibe of the avocado and cilantro toppings. Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes.

Crab and Hominy Chowder

Leigh Beisch
 3 slices bacon
 1 large leek
 1/2 cup dry white wine
 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
 1 cup hominy, drained and rinsed
 12 ounces red thin-skinned potatoes
 1 teaspoon salt
 1 avocado
 1 teaspoon lime juice
 1/4 cup whipping cream
 8 ounces Dungeness crab, cooked and shelled
 1/4 cup vegetable oil
 1/4 cup olive oil
 1 cup cilantro, chopped
 2 fresh jalapeño chiles
 1 clove garlic
Step 1

In a 4- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon, chopped, until fat starts to render. Discard all but 1 teaspoon fat from pan. Add white part of leek, halved, rinsed, and thinly sliced; stir until limp. Add wine and boil until almost evaporated. Add chicken broth; 2 cups water; hominy; potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch chunks; and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender when pierced, about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, make cilantro purée (see below). Also pit, peel, and chop avocado; mix with lime juice. Stir whipping cream and salt and pepper to taste into chowder. Add Dungeness crab; cover and cook until heated through, stirring as little as possible to keep crab intact. Spoon chowder into bowls and top each with a tablespoon of cilantro purée and a spoonful of avocado.

Step 3

To make the cilantro purée, in a blender, combine vegetable oil; olive oil; cilantro; chiles, rinsed, stemmed, and seeded; garlic, peeled; and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whirl until smooth. Any leftovers can be spread on toast for an easy appetizer.

Step 4

Wine pairing: With the rich crab, pungent chile, and herbal cilantro, we like a creamy, minerally Pinot Gris. Cline's Pinot Grigio-Chardonnay blend (California; $11) is great as well.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 312Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g33%

Saturated Fat 4.5g23%
Cholesterol 52mg18%
Sodium 681mg29%
Total Carbohydrate 20g7%

Dietary Fiber 2.6g11%
Protein 12g24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.