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Caribbean Conch Chowder

Ingredients:
1 pound conch, trimmed, tenderized
3 tablespoons strained lime juice
5 tablespoons tomato paste
4 strips bacon, chopped
3 tablespoons oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 ribs celery, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, seeded, finely chopped
1 chile pepper, seeded, finely chopped
4 tomatoes, seeded, chopped
¼ cup rum
1 pound potatoes, peeled, diced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
Salt, pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:
1. Cut the conch into ½-inch pieces and place in a bowl. Add the lime juice and tomato sauce and mix well; set aside to marinate.

2. Meanwhile, in a large stew pot, cook the bacon until browned. Pour off the fat. Add the olive oil, onion, celery, garlic, green pepper, and chile pepper. cook over medium-low heat until very lightly browned. Add the tomatoes and cook for 1 minute. Add the rum, potatoes, conch mixture, bay leaf, and thyme. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 1 hour. Potatoes should be tender.

3. Discard bay leaf. Stir in the Tabasco sauce, and season with salt and pepper to taste. To serve, sprinkle with fresh cilantro.



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Comment by Hispanic Kitchen on August 8, 2010 at 8:11pm
Thanks for the feedback!
Comment by Brenda Jacobson on August 8, 2010 at 4:10pm
Found I had to add some liquid to this, and also added diced carrots. Came out very good, but needs to be seasoned to taste.





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