Alaska Halibut Chowder

Alaska Halibut Chowder

2 pounds Alaska halibut – thawed if necessary
1/2 cup onion – finely chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper – finely chopped
1/2 cup celery – finely chopped
1/2 cup carrots – finely chopped
6 tablespoons butter or margarine – divided
3 cups chicken broth
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon minced parsley

Remove skin and bones from halibut; cut into bite-sized pieces.

Sauté vegetables in 3 tablespoons butter. Add halibut, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Simmer covered, 5 minutes. Add milk and heat gently. Combine remaining 3 tablespoons butter with flour and add to chowder. Cook and stir until slightly thickened. Add cheese; cook and stir over low heat until cheese melts. Sprinkle with parsley.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.