I've got to try out bcp's NC bean faves! Love my Boston baked beans and so any bean dish I will surely enjoy! And for all of you out there who love a chowder, know that clams aren't the only fish to make a chowder sing! Boston Buzza and others from Beantown and the area may remember the No Name restaurant in Boston. Sat out at the end of a Pier in the harbor and in the 1970s served a very tasty lunch special of fish chowder and Portuguese bread ( a soft, round loaf - delicious and perfect with chowder! The fishing boats used to dock at the end of the pier - off of the boat and into the kitchen went the fish! Cannot get much fresher than that! The fish of choice for their chowder: Codfish.
Here is a recipe that I love for a good fish chowder. It comes from a local cookbook titled "Woods Hole Cooks Something Up - Recipes From a Cape Cod Village". Published by the Woods Hole Historical Museum, it is a compilation of local favorite recipes across all manner of meals - I love this chowder:
Baked Fish Chowder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
4 potatoes thinly sliced
3 medium onions thinly sliced
2 pounds firm white fish - cod, haddock, etc.
1/2 cup chopped celery leaves
4 whole cloves
1-2 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper ( or to taste)
1 clove garlic minced
1-2 tsp of dill weed
1/2 stick butter - unsalted
2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup dry vermouth
1 cup whole milk
1 cup light cream
Coat a deep oven-proof casserole with butter
layer potatoes, fish (whole fillets) in casserole. Sprinkle celery leaves, bay leaves, cloves, salt, pepper, garlic and dill weed over fish. Dot with butter.
Pour boiling water and vermouth over all. Cover
Bake for one hour in preheated 350 degree oven. Remove casserole from oven and add milk and cream, Heat and serve. You may prepare ahead and refrigerate or freeze but do not add milk and cream until you reheat later on stove top over low heat. When warm, add milk and cream and heat to taste.
This chowder is a bit of Cape Cod heaven!! Serve with your favorite bread slathered liberally with butter!!