Who knew you could make a dairy free chowder AND that it could be creamy-delicious-goooood? I didn’t until pretty recently!
After a week packed with minor home disasters (burning power outlets, anyone?!), Mr Meatified and I were in need of a little pick me up. This dairy free chowder is a bowl of comfort for sure! Especially when it’s packed full of seafood, both of our favorites. I used a mixture of calamari, shrimp, mussels and clams, but you can use whatever you like! This dish is a great way to use any kind of fish or seafood that you happen to have in the freezer. It’s also a great way to stretch out that bag of seafood mix you bought but don’t really know what to do with! Or does that only happen to me?
The trick to making this really thick like a genuine gluten-dairy-bombed chowder is not to rely on coconut milk alone. Instead, while the rest of the chowder was cooking, I boiled 2 cups of diced white sweet potato until tender, then pureed them in a blender with some coconut water. I added that to the chowder and it really thickened up the chowder beautifully without overwhelming the taste of the seafood and fresh thyme. Mr Meatified was in heaven – the combination of sweet potato and coconut milk satisfied his cream-loving soul! The other side effect of that combination is that this soup is extremely filling because it is so rich. Yay full tummies!
So now you know: it is possible to make a dairy free chowder without any fancy flours or starches.
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