Does Chowder always have potatoes in it?

Is potato a common ingredient to make the soup or stew a chowder? For true Gumbo, it must contain Okra, so I just wonder if it takes Potatoes to make a true chowder.


Gumbo is a fish stew native to New Orleans. What kind of Flower do I use - roses, daisys, lillies? I think you mean flour.

8 Answers

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Potato is basically the thickening ingredient.I could not find any potato (less) recipes.

  • 1 decade ago

    A chowder isn't a chowder without potatoes. If it doesn't have potatoes than it's just a soup or stew.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Not all chowder contains potatoes. Its the fact that its thick, but not as thick as a stew. Manhatten Chowder does not have a cream base to it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Chowders usually contain potatoes. Gumbos, on the other hand, don't always have okra. I like roux based and file gumbos.

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  • 1 decade ago


    Potato is not required for all chowders. Here's some examples:


    Bacon Tomato Chowder

    3 bacon strips, diced

    1/4 cup butter or margarine

    1/4 cup all-purpose flour

    1 dash ground nutmeg 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth

    3/4 cup canned diced tomatoes, with juices

    2/3 cup half-and-half cream


    1. In a saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. Discard drippings. In same pan, melt butter. Stir in flour and nutmeg until smooth. Gradually whisk in broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in tomatoes; heat through. Reduce heat; stir in tomatoes; heat through. Reduce heat; stir in cream. Heat through (do not boil). Add bacon.


    Sausage Corn Chowder

    1 pound Sausage Roll

    1 cup diced onions

    1 cup diced red bell peppers

    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

    4 cups milk, whole or 2%

    2 (15 ounce) cans sweet cream style corn

    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

    salt and pepper to taste

    3 teaspoons sliced green scallions (optional)


    1. Over medium-high heat, brown and crumble sausage in soup pot. While sausage begins to brown, add onions and red peppers, cook until tender and sausage is no longer pink. Drain. Add flour, stir well into mixture and cook 5-6 minutes. Add milk and combine with sausage mixture. Add cream corn and simmer for 20-25 minutes until base thickens. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper. Garnish with scallions on top in soup bowl. Refrigerate leftovers.


    Easy Vegetarian Corn Chowder

    6 tablespoons butter

    1/4 cup diced onion

    1/2 cup diced celery

    6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

    2 (14.5 ounce) cans vegetable broth

    2 (15 ounce) cans creamed corn

    1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

    2 tablespoons shredded carrot

    1 cup half-and-half cream

    3/4 cup skim milk

    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

    1 pinch salt


    1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Cook onions and celery in butter 3 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook 6 minutes more, until light brown. Whisk in broth and simmer 10 minutes.

    2. Stir in creamed corn, corn, carrot, half-and-half, milk, nutmeg, pepper and salt. Simmer over low heat 10 minutes more.


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    go with Kristen R's answer

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


  • 1 decade ago

    my answer is---------------->i think so.

    what it is gumbo? do we have it here in US?

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