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Whatever You've Got Seafood Soup


* 1/4 cup peanut oil (add more if you need)
* 5 lbs new red potatoes, washed and diced with skins on
* 1 whole bunch celery, diced
* 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
* 1 large sweet onion, diced
* 1 large handful of chives, chopped
* 1 tablespoon salt (taste and add more if desired)
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
* 2 big cans chicken broth
* 4 to 5 pounds of any combination of seafood you want. Use firm, white fish, shrimp, crab meat, mussels, oysters or what have you.
* 1 quart Half & Half (you may substitute whole milk, or a combination of evaporated milk and skim milk)


1. In large stock pot, heat oil over medium to medium-high heat.
2. Add potatoes and celery to pot. Cook in hot oil until just tender, stirring often. The potatoes and celery will start to look transparent.
3. Add parsley, onions, chives, salt and pepper. Stir well and cook until onion is just slightly softened.
4. Add 2 cans of chicken broth, bring to a slow boil then turn heat down and simmer 10 minutes.
5. Add seafood by gently laying on top of soup mixture. Do not stir! It will break up the fish too soon. Simmer on low for about 5 minutes or until the fish turns white and flakes easily and the shrimp is pink and other seafood is cooked as needed. Then REMOVE FROM HEAT!
6. Pour in the Half & Half. Stir very gently just to mix through. Cover and let stand for 5 -10 minutes. Serve with crusty bread.
7. FROZEN SEAFOOD DIRECTIONS: You can use frozen seafood. You'll just slow down the time to finish the cooking. After adding the frozen seafood to the soup, simmer on low for about 10 minutes or until the fish flakes easily and the shrimp is pink. Be sure it's white all the way through before adding the Half & Half.


When I visited my daughter and family, this was their most requested recipe. I love it because it's easy and good. There are all sorts of things you can do to change it, but this is the basic recipe I've used for years. One thing we've tried that's worked well is to smash up some of the potatoes after they've cooked and add back to the soup pot for a little thicker soup. You'll want to experiment with the seafood a little depending on the region in which you live. But that's the fun part! Enjoy!

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