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.