My favourite clam chowder recipe. Not much to get in the way of the clams except for some potatoes, cream and butter. Sometimes, austere simplicity is the only way to go.
- 1 lb potato, peeled
- 1⁄2 tablespoon butter
- 3⁄4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 small garlic clove, very finely minced
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1⁄2 cup whipping cream
- 4 (8 ounce) canschopped clams, drained (juice reserved, pass through strainer lined with a bit of cheesecloth to catch any grit)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt (preferably seasoned)
- 1 pinch dried thyme
- white pepper
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
- Cook potatoes in salted water until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain. Mash lightly.
- In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and saute onion and garlic until translucent, and starting to go a light gold, 6-8 minutes.
- Add the half and half and cream, ¾ cup reserved clam juice, salt, thyme and white pepper and heat to scalding.
- Add potatoes and clams.
- Bring to simmer, stirring frequently. Thin with some milk if desired.
- Serve immediately, floating 1 pat of butter per bowl of soup and dusting with parsley.
this is probably the purist version of clam chowder . i wound up adding a bottle of clam juice, a cup of fish stock , and other ingredients which probably made this more of my own recipe than yours, sorry. my family thought this was bland so i had to add ingredients to make them happy.
This was a very easy recipe to help me use up some of the razorback clams that my brother brought back from a recent clamming trip. I doubled the amounts of cream, as well as butter (I just like things a little more soupy!), and added celery and carrot. Both the hubby and I finished the whole pot in one sitting..oops!
Ireally liked this clam chowder. It's really loaded with clams and it's easy to make. I loved the idea of lightly mashing the potatoes.... it thickens the soup nicely without having to mess with making a roux. I did add some chopped onion for extra flavor. I used fat free half and half. It isn't the most flavorful clam chowder, but it will satisfy your craving for clam chowder when you're in a hurry. Thanx ev!