JFK’s Favorite Chowder

JFK's Favorite Chowder | www.thepeachkitchen.com

JFK's Favorite Chowder | www.thepeachkitchen.com

I get stoked whenever I receive e-mails about recipes that you want me try….


I get the feeling like we’re bff’s and you’re inviting me to dinner or lunch in your house to share your fantastic family recipes…

You don’t know how happy that makes me feel…

So to you Ms. Patsy Dodd, a big THANKS for sharing this recipe to me…

I would give you a great big hug should I bump into you one of these days…

Patsy said that her father-in-law found this recipe in the Atlanta newspaper in 1960 when JFK was running for President.

It was called JFK’s Favorite Chowder.

That is so cool, huh? The recipe has been around for 50-plus years….

She also said that this soup quickly became her family’s favorite.

This could easily become The Peach Kitchen’s favorite chowder as well…

You know how much of a soup girl I am.

JFK's Favorite Chowder | www.thepeachkitchen.com…plus it has Bay leaf and I’m a little crazy about bay leaves!

Did you know I used it as bookmarks once upon a time together with a laminated maple leaf a missionary gave me?

Yeah, that’s how crazy I am.

The laminated maple leaf is a different story which I’ll share another time… maybe.

On to what I love about this chowder…

Well, it’s pretty thin for a chowder and that’s what I love about it…

It’s very tasty too. Every single ingredient come together into a ball of flavor that simply melts in your mouth but explodes into a single wonderful taste.

I know I should’ve made those Garlic Knots I’ve been meaning to make….I’m sure they will absolutely be perfect for each other.

JFK's Favorite Chowder | www.thepeachkitchen.com

The original ingredients are written below and beside some of the ingredients are a little modification I made to suit what I have available….


JFK’s Favorite Chowder


  • 1 firm fleshed white fish (Haddock, Cod, Halibut), I used 1 Cream Dory fillet, cubed
  • 10 slices Salt Pork, cut in very small cubes, because I couldn’t get any salt pork I used 8 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion,chopped
  • 4 stalks celery and a few leaves, chopped
  • 6 Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed, I used 3 potatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 box chicken stock, or 2 chicken cubes dissolved in 5 cups water
  • 1 quart whole milk, I used 1 cup milk


  1. Fry diced salt pork in large pot until brown and crisp; drain and save.
  2. Add onions, potatoes and celery to drippings. Sauté until soft.
  3. Add salt and pepper, chicken stock and bay leaves.
  4. Simmer until vegetables are done, then and add fish.
  5. Cook until done. Add milk and butter.
  6. Cook on low until hot. Do not boil soup.
  7. Sprinkle pork pieces on top when serving.

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JFK's Favorite Chowder | www.thepeachkitchen.com


JFK's Favorite Chowder | www.thepeachkitchen.com


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27 Responses

  1. this looks good Ms. Peach! I have a feeling that I can live with this. (just like when my Mom makes soups, I would have it every 5 minutes)

  2. I am not much into soups but I do love one when it’s cold and I feel like in need of some comfort 🙂

    Here’s my Food Friday entry.

  3. Mhmm my mom made a whitefish chowder similar to this a while back. I’m definitely going to ask her to try this recipe out; it looks delicious!

  4. This looks really good and I can gobble up a large bowl right now with this chilling weather.  🙂  What a wonderful recipe.

  5. I would love to try this famous fish chowder, too! Looks delish! Here’s my FTF entry: http://www.delightmyappetite.com/2011/11/food-trip-friday-floating-island-restaurant/

  6. ang sarap naman nyan… visiting from FTF…ang cute ng kutsara’t tinidor na mouse pointer sis…

  7. hi peachkins..this looks so delicious and JFK’S? wow, i sure bookmarked this with many thanks to you for sharing a love chowder recipe.
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  8. Wow – that sounds delicious!  I love when a reader contacts or asks for a recipe!  This looks amazing!  I can’t indulge because of a seafood allergy – but wow!  I sure wish I could!  I suspect this would be good if I replaced it with chicken – but not as good as the original!  Thanks SO much for sharing!

  9. What a beautiful presentation and a great Chowder!  Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and please come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Drool! I am saving all of your recipes so I can try them in the future. The bacon in this chowder motivates me, hahaha! Ilang servings ito?

  11. Parang napaka linamnam niyan ah! I love chowders but all I had tried are the seafood variants I must make something like this

  12. wow your clam chowder looks so good. pefrect for Fall and winter. I’ve never make it at home before. I’ll take your advise and not to put all the salt all at once.

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I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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