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Recipe: Seafood chowder

Galgorm Resort and Spa chef Israel Robb celebrates the humble potato by sharing some amazing new recipes from Gillies Bar and Grill

What you'll need

25g butter

1 large onion, about 300g, finely chopped

1 stick celery

90g button mushrooms, sliced

1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1cm dice

3 tomatoes, cut into 1cm dice

1 tbsp tomato purée

Pinch of saffron (optional)

1 litres fish or chicken stock

Black pepper

450g mixed fresh fish fillets, such as hake, prawns and salmon, cut into 1cm dice

125ml whipping cream (optional)

4 tbsp chopped fresh basil, to garnish

Serves 4

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add the onion, celery and mushrooms and cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until soft.

Add the potato, tomatoes, tomato purée, saffron and stock, and a little salt to taste. Bring to the boil and skim off any scum that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.

Transfer half of the mixture into a food mixer and process to a purée, then return it to the pan and stir. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Bring back to the boil, then add the diced fish.

Stir in most of the cream, if you’re using it, reserving a few spoonfuls for the final presentation. When the chowder has returned to the boil, remove from the heat and leave to stand for five minutes. Ladle into warmed soup bowls and drizzle the remaining cream over the top of the soup.

Garnish with chopped basil and serve immediately.

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