Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
My first bowl of Clam Chowder in a quaint little restaurant in San Francisco had me knowing I loved this wonderful chowder. While we have enjoyed a good many recipes since, this one has become not only our favorite but a given for our evening meal on Christmas Eve 'our family tradition in the making' We often add an extra can of clams. The original recipe calls for an optional 1/2 teaspoon Curry Powder which we have yet to give a try. Serving size - a guesstimate!
- 3 slices bacon (may add an extra slice or two)
- 2 cups cubed potatoes (I often add more)
- 1 cup coarsely chopped carrot (I use a very coarse grate)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped onion (I like to use leeks)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped celery, I add the celery (optional)
- 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed chicken broth (I use chicken stock)
- 1 (6 1/2 ounce) can minced clams (drained and liquid reserved)
- 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk (I use half and half or cream)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons shortening (I use Crisco)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- In a large pot add bacon (I cut into bite size pieces) saute lightly.
- Add in onions (and the celery which is optional) and saute briefly.
- Add Chicken broth (I often use two cans of both the broth and the clams) potatoes, carrots, reserved clam juice, salt, pepper and simmer until vegetables are done.
- Add in the milk, clams and chopped parsley stirring frequently until heated through.
- You may wish to serve at this point but we make a roux melting shortening in a heavy pan, adding the flour browning to golden brown and whisking into chowder.
- This can be prepared a day ahead, cool, cover and refrigerate bringing to a simmer (carefully stirring to prevent burning) before serving.
Oh!...Oh!...Oh!...Clam, (I mean calm) down now...inhale, exhale, relax. This has to be the best dish ever. DH said "it can't get any better". Have your ever seen the show "The best thing I ever ate"? Well this is it. I did get gusty and used the curry. This is a "I died and gone to Heaven" dish. Tagged it in "The best of 2009" tag game. And guess what??? It's going in my "Best of 2010" cookbook. See you in our next tagging game. Thanks for posting. :)
WoW!!! ...I made this tonight and it was clearly the best Clam chowder I have ever made. Every one loved it!!!...It will be very high on my regular rotation list ..It was very easy to make and the only change I made was to use two cans of clams and added one half t. curry and used corn starch to thicken it...Awsome!!!! Thank you Gerry for posting a great recipe....
Wow! Is this ever one great bowl of chowder! I made as directed, increasing all as indicated by Gerry's instructions, although I did not use leeks and did add the celery. I used 4 slices of bacon, two cans of clams, heavy cream and also added the roux (using butter instead of Crisco). May very well be the best clam chowder I've ever tasted. Very simple to prepare and can be ready within about an hour. What are you waiting for? Thanks, Gerry!