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Creole Crab and Corn Chowder
Some of the best crab chowder I have ever eaten comes for the kitchen of the South Beach Grill, in St. Augustine, Florida, just a couple of miles from where I live. After deciding to create my own, I started with a recipe from Emeril Lagasse, which eventually morphed into to this. Trust me when I say, this stuff is simply to die for. I still prefer going to the South Beach Grill, where I can eat my chowder while watching the waves wash up on the beach, but hey, this will do just fine!
Heat the oil over medium heat in a soup pot large enough for all ingredients. Add the onions, corn and celery and sauté until softened, about 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic, and sauté for an additional minute or so, until the garlic is aromatic.
Add the Creole seasoning and the Old Bay. Combine well and cook for about a minute to bring out the flavors of the seasoning. Add the stock and bay leaves, and bring to a simmer. Add the milk and the cream, return to a simmer and allow to cook for about 10 minutes.
While the stock and cream are simmering prepare a roux from the butter and flour by melting the butter in a small sauce pan, and then slowly adding the flour, whisking all the while, until the butter and flour are well combined, and set aside. When the stock and cream have finished simmering add the roux, a tablespoon at a time, stirring until the mixture has returned to a simmer and thickened (see notes.)
Stir in the crab meat, green onions and Worcestershire sauce, and simmer for an additional 6-8 minutes. Adjust for salt and pepper and serve.
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