Prep 1 hr 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
I was not totally surprised this was for a pink clam chowder but the name certainly had me thinking "chicken". We'll be clamming soon enough & this chowder made with milk instead of cream will be something tasty to try out. Received via email. Note this chowder is better if made at least an hour and up to a day ahead of time - so prep time includes an hour rest for it.
- 1⁄4 lb bacon, thick sliced, chopped (salt pork if available)
- 2 onions, chopped
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups clam broth (a mixture of juice from clams and bottled juice is OK)
- 1 lb baking potato, peeled, diced
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons oregano, dried
- 1 bay leaf, broken in half
- 3 cups whole milk
- 2 cups plum tomatoes, diced, seeded, fresh
- 2 cups clams, shucked, coarsely chopped (hard-shell)
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 8 saltine crackers, crumbled (I like pilot crackers)
- In a large kettle or soup pot, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towels and reserve, leaving drippings in pot. Add onions to drippings and cook until softened but not brown, about 6 minutes.
- Sprinkle flour over onions and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Whisk in clam broth. Add potatoes, oregano and bay leaf and simmer uncovered until potatoes are almost tender, 10 minutes.
- Add milk, tomatoes and clams and simmer uncovered over medium heat until potatoes are very tender, 5 to 10 minutes.
- In a small dish, combine ketchup and baking soda and whisk mixture into chowder. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside for an hour or so or refrigerate for up to 2 days.
- When ready to serve, reheat chowder gently over medium-low heat. Remove bay leaf, add butter and swirl until melted. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Place crumbled crackers in bottoms of soup bowls and ladle chowder over them. Pass bacon or salt pork bits for sprinkling over top if desired.