Total Time
45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

The clam that Rhode Islanders call a quahog possesses an impressive variety of names, and even the word "quahog" has more than one spelling and a number of pronunciations: KO-hog, KWO-hog, and KWA-hog. Indians used quahog shells to make beads that were used as money (called wampum). Although quahogs can be found along the North American Atlantic coast from Canada's Gulf of Saint Lawrence to Florida, these clams are particularly abundant between Cape Cod and New Jersey. From the New England chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Mince the clams.
  2. Place bacon or salt pork in the bottom of a large kettle and fry for five minutes.
  3. Add onion and cook until golden.
  4. Cover potatoes in boiling water; parboil for five minutes.
  5. Drain and reserve water.
  6. Place a layer of potatoes and a layer of minced clams in the kettle with onion; sprinkle with flour and salt/pepper.
  7. Add remaining potatoes, dredge remaining flour and salt/pepper.
  8. Cover with 3 cups of boiling water (including the potato water) and simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
  9. Add milk and bring up to boiling point.
  10. Blend butter or bacon fat with the tablespoon of flour; add clam juice and stir until thickened.
  11. Add slowly to chowder just before serving.
  12. Serve hot with crackers.