I went for supper with a couple of my sisters and my mom last week and my one sister ordered clam chowder. We were talking recipes and I mentioned cullen skink. Blank looks all around until I explained that cullen skink was the chowder of Scotland. Cullen skink is a soup that originates in Northern Scotland, in the town of Cullen. Even though it only has a handful of simple ingredients, it makes for a comforting and tasty chowder.
In the picture below, its served with tattie cakes (or potato cakes). If you have a British grocer near you, they may have packs in the freezer section. I just fry and crisp them up in a bit of bacon fat before serving.
- 3 tbs butter
- 2 large onions finely chopped
- 1/4 c flour or as much needed to make a roux
- 2 c fish stock
- 2 c cream
- 1 pkg baby potatoes halved and cooked until just tender
- 1 1/2 - 2 lbs smoked finnan haddie or cod cubed or shredded
- 2 tbs tarragon dijon mustard
- 3 tbs chopped fresh parsley
- S&P to taste note that less salt will be needed since smoked fish is already salty
- Melt butter in large pot then saute onions until clear and soft.
- Add flour to make roux.
- Add fish stock, cream, baby potatoes, stir and then add mustard.
- Let simmer for a few minutes.
- Add fish and simmer again.
- Add S&P near end to let the fish impart its flavour first.
- Add parlsey, stir, and serve.