Fish Ball Chowder


1 pound white fish, cleaned and skinned
4 cups cold water
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 bay leaf
1 sprig parsley
1 cup stale bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons minced onion
4 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup cream
Salt and pepper to taste


In soup kettle combine fish, water, carrot, celery, bay leaf, and parsley. Simmer, partially covered, 15 minutes. Strain. Remove fish and chop or shred into small bits, discarding any bones. Discard vegetables. In bowl combine fish with bread crumbs, egg, butter, and onion. Add a bit of milk if mixture seems dry. Using your hands, shape into 1-inch balls. Add fish balls and potatoes to kettle with strained broth. Simmer, partially covered, 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add cream and season with salt and pepper. Heat slowly. Do not boil.


Serves 6-8

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