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OK boys and girls here it is!

Pig Out Perch Chowder

Ingredients:
* 1 pound lean bacon [cut into 1" pieces]
* 3-4 medium potatoes [cut into cubes or slices] I use red potatoes
* 1 large onion
* 1 small can mushrooms [or fresh]
* 1-2 large cans of Cream of Potato Soup
* 1 quart milk or heavy cream [add more if needed]
* 1 teaspoon crushed garlic [garlic powder will work]
* black pepper [to taste]
* 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper [to taste]
* 1/2 to 1 cube butter
* 1 bunch of perch fillets
* [do not add salt]

Step By Step:

1- Fry bacon until semi-crisp. Remove to large soup pot [save drippings]
2- Fry potatoes in bacon dripings, until softened and browned [remove to pot]
3- Simmer onion and mushrooms together in remaining drippings
4- Add mushrooms, onions and all other ingredients [except perch fillets] to pot
5- Start cooking on medium high and then lower heat to prevent scorching
[Stir frequently]
6- Continue to cook until steaming
7- Add perch fillets and continue to stir until fillets turn opaque and flake
8- Remove from heat and serve

Options:
* 1 can corn
* Carrots and celery [for color]
* Substitute Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Celery soup
* Other fish fillets, shrimp, clams etc may be substituted

ENJOY!!!

Permission to post this recipe was given by Tube Dude.
Thanks TD
 

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that sounds really good except for the perch. maybe you could substitue it for a game bird or something. i am really not the worlds biggest fish fan for the taste alone.
 

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callofthewild said:
that sounds really good except for the perch. maybe you could substitue it for a game bird or something. i am really not the worlds biggest fish fan for the taste alone.
Try it and them let me know if you like it or not.
If the taste of fish is holding you back, this will surprise you!
 

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A bunch is how many you caught for the pot.
You can add as many or as few fillets as you want.
If the fillets are very large, like from perch over 9" long, you may want to cut them into halves or quarters.
One cup full would be a good place to start.
I will sometimes still fry some additional fillets to go with the chowder.
I can't get enough perch!
 

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Bears Butt said:
GrandpaD, how many perch is in a "bunch"????? Since I mostly catch small sized perch, about how many ounces or pounds would you recommend for this recipe? It sounds really good and I can hardly wait until ice to try it.
Haha, you used "pounds" and "perch" in the same sentence :rotfl: This recipe sounds tasty, but I'm wondering if it may be too tasty. With a quart of cream and all those bacon drippings, you know the flavor will not be a problem.
 

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Sounds good, and I'd like to try it. I've got a question, though. Any tips on filleting? I've only seen it done once (a guy in the neighborhood tried to teach/show me about ten years back on some catfish we had caught, and I've only filleted fish thrice since, and I don't think I'm getting as much meat off them as I should). I dunno, maybe it just takes experience and practice?
 

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Bump!! AMAZING!!!

Had about two pounds of perch from our last trip. Took some time to fillet and ripped up my hands but OH WAS IT WORTH IT!!
Heres what I started with...

Set up the assembly line

Fried half of them with cajun flavored Panko bread crumbs!


Fried a pound of bacon!

My lovely assistant fried the potatoes

Added the remaining ingredients and let it finish cooking.

Ready to chow down

Had one happy family!!
 
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