Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
As a New Englander I can tell you this is the best Clam Chowder around! It's from The Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, Connecticut. This is the original recipe. In addition to the onion & celery I sometimes like to add 1/2 cup shredded carrots.
- 2 ounces bacon fat
- 2 ounces butter
- 1 large onion, diced
- 6 stalks celery, diced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1⁄2 shredded carrot (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 1⁄2 cup instant mashed potatoes
- 4 chef potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 quart clam juice
- 3 cups chopped clams
- 1 1⁄2 cups half-and-half
- 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 drop Tabasco sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon celery salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley (garnish)
- Melt butter and bacon fat in large pot.
- Sautee onion, celery garlic (and 1/2 cup shredded carrots, if using) until tender.
- Add seasonings (parsley, Tabasco, celery salt, thyme & bay).
- Add flour and instant mash potatoes.
- Turn off flame and stir until flour is no longer visible.
- Add the clam juice and stir.
- Turn flame back on to high and continue stirring (constantly) to avoid sticking.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add potatoes and stir.
- Cook for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Add clams.
- Add cream.
- Simmer for 1/2 hour.
- Add salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve garnished with fresh parsley and enjoy!
i thought this was awesome! i didn't add the carrots but did add more garlic and celery salt. it tasted even better after sitting in the fridge overnight. i would recommend cooking it a day before you intend to eat it so the flavors have a chance to meld together. my honey ate most of the pot within 2 days and i made at least triple the recipe.
Very pleased with the outcome,only changes I made where additional garlic & almost double the clam juice,probably about 55oz. I also tossed in 8 littlenecks for decorative effect when serving. Served with a Garden Fresh Salad, Native Corn & French Bread As a native New Englander this was The Cat's Meow.....
Excellent base to start from. I did not have the bacon laying around but did add some fresh dill and the chowder turned out fantastic! My favorite part about this recipe is that once you cook the potato, carrot, onion, garlic, butter base you can simply flavor it to the experience your looking for. I do want to try it with some bacon or sausage next time. You can't really go wrong with this recipe.