Madison Market Cauliflower & Seafood Chowder

½ head Newgate Farm Cauliflower, chopped bite sized
1 bunch Four Root Farm Red Torpedo Onions, red and green separated, Red cut in ½ and sliced, Green parts sliced into rounds
1-2 pounds Mixed Seafood from T.A.L.K. Seafood, cut bite sized (scallops, cod, halibut, salmon, shrimp, any or all that’s available)
1/2 gallon Beaver Brook Farm Raw Milk
Lovage or Tarragon or Dill from Two Guys from Woodbridge
¼ cup olive oil
2 tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 tbsp Sea salt or more to taste
2 tsp fresh ground black pepper or more to taste
½ cup olive oil or butter
½ cup flour

Make a roux in a small pot by warming the ½ cup olive oil or butter, adding the ½ cup of flour and cooking on a very low flame for about 5-10 minutes. Stir every minute, do not brown. (see below for a gluten-free version that does not include a roux).

Meanwhile, heat a heavy 4- or 5-quart Dutch oven over medium-low. Add ¼ cup olive oil and sauté the Red onion and cauliflower, keeping the pot covered and stirring every couple of minutes, breaking up the cauliflower until it is cooked through. Pour in the roux, and add the smoked paprika and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Add the Milk and whisk almost constantly while you bring the chowder to a simmer on medium-low heat.

Once the chowder is simmering, add the seafood and fresh herbs and simmer for about 5-8 minutes more. Check for salt and pepper, enjoy!

Gluten Free Version

To make the chowder without a roux, increase olive oil for sauté to ½ cup and add additional ½ head Newgate Farm Cauliflower

In a heavy 4 or 5 quart Dutch oven on medium low heat sauté the red onion and cauliflower in 1/2 cup olive oil, covered, stirring every couple of minutes breaking up the cauliflower as you go until the cauliflower is cooked. Remove half this cooked mixture and puree in a food processor or with a stick blender.

Add the Milk to the remaining cauliflower and whisk almost constantly while you bring the chowder to a simmer on medium-low heat. Add the seafood, fresh herbs and pureed cauliflower and simmer about 5-8 minutes. Check for salt and pepper, enjoy!