Normally I try to stay true to the original person’s recipe unless the masses have agreed to some changes but I had to re-work this recipe for 3 reasons. #1. Everybody who is eating my chowder agreed that the Bonefish grill was WAY too spicey (in ALL their dishes, not just the chowder). I’m a spice light-weight, and my wife is a total spice wuss so I just couldn’t make it as-is based on the other reviews. #2. I don’t have the alcohol required in my house (I’m more of a Jim Beam kinda guy) and it’s Sunday in PA and I can’t buy it. I don’t think I’ll bother next time either since it doesn’t call for much so I would be wasting it. #3. Corn is now out of season and the only small shrimp I liked at the market was cooked/pieces so I went for it – and crab around here sucks right now. So here is the Spice Wuss/Alcohol Free/Out of Season Variation: I replaced the cayenne with double the amount of Old Bay and dropped Creole seasoning completely. I replaced the white wine with pure motts apple juice and the brandy with apple cider vinegar. I used a 1 lb bag of frozen white corn/yellow corn mix partly thawed in the fridge. Since my shrimp was cooked I left it out until the potatoes were cooked then tossed them in and let it come back up to a simmer then added the crab meat (which was canned chicken of the sea premium crab meat..all real crab). I then left the whole thing on the stove on warm until dinner time (about an hour) so by then everything was a perfect temperature.
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Normally I try to stay true to the original person’s recipe unless the masses have agreed to...