Bratten's Clam Chowder

"This is by far the best clam chowder recipe ever. My Mom used to make this and there was never any left for the next day. I use minced clams because I don't like the whole ones, but whole clams can be substituted easily."
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  • In large 4 quart pan brown bacon, onion and celery until onion and celery are transparent.
  • Add clam juice from both cans clams and diced potatoes to bacon mixture.
  • Pour enough water to cover potatoes and boil until potatoes are tender.
  • In a separate large sauce pan melt 2 cubes butter on low heat.
  • When butter is melted, slowly add 3/4 cup flour stirring constantly.
  • Add 1 quart half and half STIR WITH WIRE WHISK until thick and smooth (very important).
  • Pour over undrained vegetable mixture add vinegar and heat through.
  • Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder to taste.

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  1. This was wonderful !!!!! I used all of the bacon and fat free 1/2 and 1/2. I served this in a bread bowl and it was so delish!!! Thanks nmomsmemory for another memorable recipe. Made for PAC Spring '09
  2. This recipe is certainly a keeper for me! I've been looking for a good clam chowder recipe, & this one is great! Did make one change, though, because I'm not too keen on a lot of bacon ~ I used only 2 slices, & was totally satisfied with the results! Very, very nice, & thanks for posting it!


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