Recipe courtesy of Lobster PEI
medium onion, halved
garlic clove, smashed
cup white wine
tsp black peppercorns
sprigs fresh thyme
cup water, divided
– 2 lbs PEI lobster
can fish stock (398 ml)
lb PEI mussels, rinsed and debearded
tbsp unsalted butter
leeks, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced (white and pale green parts only)
fennel bulb, outer leaves removed and thinly sliced
lb PEI baby red potatoes, halved
cup 35% cream
freshly ground pepper
smoked paprika, for garnish
cup roughly chopped parsley
Baguette, for serving
Combine onion, garlic, white wine, bay leaf, peppercorns, thyme and 1 cup of water in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add lobster, cover, reduce heat to medium and steam for 12 minutes. Remove lobster and set aside to cool.
Add remaining water, fish broth, bring to a simmer and then add mussels, cover the pot and continue cooking until mussels begin to open, 5 - 6 minutes. Strain and reserve the broth, set mussels aside to cool. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat, add leeks and fennel, season with salt. Cook until soft, about 6 - 8 minutes. Add potatoes and strained broth, bring to a simmer and let cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
While potatoes are cooking, remove lobster meat from its shell, discard shells. Cut tail meat into small chunks. Carefully slice claw meat in half lengthwise. Set aside. Remove mussel meat from shells, discard shells. Once potatoes are tender, add tail meat and mussels to the broth. Simmer gently until the shellfish is warmed through, about 1 to 2 minutes, stir in cream. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the chowder into bowls. Garnish each bowl with half a lobster claw, a sprinkle of smoked paprika and parsley. Serve with crusty baguette.
If the fennel stems and fronds are still attached to the bulb, add to the pot in step one to use as an aromatic in the broth.
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