Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins
This is for folks that don't like their Clam Chowder like pudding.
- 5 (6 1/2 ounce) cans minced clams with juice
- 3 (8 ounce) bottles clam juice
- 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 cups onions, finely chopped
- 2 large celery ribs, finely chopped
- 3 large minced garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cups red potatoes, diced peeled
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup chives or 1⁄4 cup green onion, finely chopped for garnish
- In a large heavy pot cook the bacon until crisp and the fat is rendered, remove and set aside.
- Add the onions and celery season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic, thyme and bay leaves and crushed red pepper flakes, and cook until the vegetables are thoroughly wilted, about 3 minutes, being careful not to brown.
- Add the flour and cook an additional 3 minutes.
- Add clams with all the juice, and the potatoes and bring to a boil, simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until the broth thickens slightly and the potatoes are very tender.
- Reduce heat to low and stir in heavy cream add crush bacon and season with pepper and salt.
- Cover, and Stirring often.
- (If you like a thicker broth, mash some of the potatoes against the side of the pot with a wooden spoon.) Remove from the heat. (Do not allow to boil after adding the cream as it could break).
- Set aside for 1 hour, covered, to allow the flavors to marry. Place the pot over low heat, and slowly reheat, being careful not to bring to the boil. Serve hot, garnished chives.
This was the best clam chowder ever! Me and my husband absolutely love it. I am really picky about clam chowder and I have to say this is the best I have ever had. Thanks for the recipe.
Clam Chowder is a favorite of DH. This made a wonderful dinner plus leftovers for lunch. I will admit that I didn't allow for the standing time; however, it was still very good. The recipe was reduced by about half and I got 3 to 4 nice servings. Made for *PAC Fall 2008*