1/2 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup diced onion, preferably Vidalia
1/2 cup sliced baby bellas, optional
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
Pinch of sweet paprika
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups cubed potatoes
1/2 – 1 lb peeled deveined shrimp cut into thirds or half if you like larger chunks of shrimp
1/4 cup sake or dry white wine
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese for topping
Saute in butter celery, onion , bellas, salt, paprika and Old Bay with shrimp in a large pot. After the shrimp are pink and are no longer gray, pour in the milk and add the cream cheese until all of it melts and begins to become creamy.
Turn heat down to low and allow the Chowder to begin simmering, add potato and stir occasionally. Do not allow to boil. Simmer until potatoes are tender to the fork. Add sake or white wine after the potatoes have cooked fully. Stir in Thoroughly. Top with cheddar cheese.
Serve & enjoy!