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JFK's Fish Chowder Recipe

JFK’s New England Fish Chowder Recipe

Whether you like the Kennedy’s politics or not, there is definitely an argument to be made that they are one of New England’s biggest icons. This dish came from JFK himself in a letter to a little girl¬†named Lynn Jennings. Ms. Jennings had asked him liked to eat, and he replied with his New England Fish Chowder the recipe. If you’d like to pair this with a small side dish, try our Clam Fritters Recipe. I promise you won’t be disappointed.


2 pounds Haddock
2 ounces salt pork (diced)
2 onions (sliced)
4 potatoes (diced)
1 cup celery (chopped)
1 Bay leaf (crumbled)
1 quart milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper


Simmer haddock in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes, drain and reserve broth.
Remove bones from fish.
Saute diced pork until crisp, remove and set aside.
Mix the onions into the pork fat and saute until golden brown.
Add fish, potatoes, celery, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
Pour in fish broth plus enough boiling water to make 3 cups of liquid.
Simmer for 30 minutes.
Pour in the milk and butter and simmer for 5 minutes.
Serve chowder sprinkled over pork dice.

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