CONCH CHOWDER

4 slices bacon, chopped

2 C chopped onion

2 C chopped celery

1 C chopped green bell pepper

1 minced garlic clove

1 quart clam juice

2 quarts chicken or fish broth

2 pounds diced conch

4 potatoes, peeled and diced

1 cup tomato puree

1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste

1 T dried Italian seasoning

2 bay leaves

3 T fresh minced basil,  Salt to taste

Pepper to taste, Hot sauce to taste

Saute bacon, onions, celery, bell pepper, and garlic in a Dutch oven for 10 min. or until tender.  Add clam juice,  broth, conch, potatoes, tomato puree, tomato paste, italian seasoning, bay leaves.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours.

Discard bay leaves.  Stir in fresh basil and season to taste.  Serve Hot. Makes 12 cups.

JASON AND MITCH’S FAVORITE!!

About Mary Moccia

Mother, wife, sister, friend, but most of all Gram! Love learning the craft of cooking and food preparation and expanding my knowledge by using my palate and creativity!
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