Salmon Zucchini Soup

salmon-soupWhen you live in salmon country creating new salmon dishes is a must lest we are bored with the local fare.  In Alaska, not only did we catch and eat pinks, silvers, and reds, but we also caught huge 40 + pound King Salmon.  There was salmon roasts, salmon steaks, salmon cheeks, salmon eggs for bait and caviar, salmon bones for fish stock and fertilizer in the vegetable garden.  Everyone ate salmon, even the dogs and kitties and everyone had salmon in the freezer along with razor clams, mussels, and crabs.

This recipe is simple yet elegant for a starter course or main dish supper.

6 Tbsp butter

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup diced green bell pepper

2 cups diced potato

2 cloves garlic minced

1 cups diced carrots

4 cups fish stock (or chicken stock)

1 cup dry white wine

1 cup chopped zucchini (courgettes)

1/2 tsp each salt and fresh ground black pepper

1 tsp dried thyme (2-3 sprigs fresh)

2 tsp dried tarragon  (5-6 sprigs fresh)

2 lbs fresh salmon chopped

2/3 cup milk

1/3 cup heavy cream

Tabasco to taste (1-2 dashes)

Warm a good sized stock pot or dutch oven, melt the butter, add the onion, celery, pepper, garlic, potatoes, and carrots. Saute over medium high heat until fragrant and wilted.  Add the wine to deglaze the pan, then add the stock.  Bring to a boil for 5-10 minutes, lower heat and simmer 30-40 minutes.  Add the salt, pepper, thyme, tarragon, zucchini, and salmon.  Simmer 10 minutes more and add milk, cream, and Tabasco.  Cook until heated through.  Adjust seasonings if needed.  Serve with parsley garnish, big loaf of warm sourdough bread, and your favorite salad.

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