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Pipi Soup (Nz Clam Chowder)

Pipi Soup (Nz Clam Chowder) created by teresas

Pipi chowder is similar to a milk-based clam chowder, it is made with surf clams that are small clam from NZ, so if you can't get surf clams, get another small type. I really like it with the basil but some of the people I have made it before didn't like it, so if you haven't had a clam chower with basil before, maybe you shoud just take a bit out and add some basil and try it that way first. Based on this recipe: http://australianfood.about.com/od/pacificislandpolynesian/r/PipiSoup.htm

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directions

  • In a steamer or a stock pot, steam the clams in 1/2 cup of water for 5 minutes or until opened.
  • Remove clams from pot and reserve liquid for the soup.
  • Remove the clam meat from shells and chop roughly.
  • Discard shells and set clam meat aside.
  • In a stock pot, saute the onion in butter on a low heat for 5 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add the garlic and fry for 1 minute. Add the parsley and continue to fry for another minute.
  • Turn up the heat and add the sherry.
  • Let the alcohol evaporate --this will take about 1 minute.
  • Then add the clam liquid and salt. Stir again and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add the milk and diced potatoes. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Now add the flour/water mixture and stir well to thicken.
  • After about 5 minutes, or just before serving, add the chopped clams to the soup, don't do this too early so that you don't overcook them.
  • Add the chopped basil and stir well. Taste the soup and add more salt if it's needed.
  • Serve soup with a piece of garlic buttered toast.
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"Pipi chowder is similar to a milk-based clam chowder, it is made with surf clams that are small clam from NZ, so if you can't get surf clams, get another small type. I really like it with the basil but some of the people I have made it before didn't like it, so if you haven't had a clam chower with basil before, maybe you shoud just take a bit out and add some basil and try it that way first. Based on this recipe: http://australianfood.about.com/od/pacificislandpolynesian/r/PipiSoup.htm"
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  1. teresas
    Both hubby and I enjoyed this chowder...I cut it in half because there's just the two of us...I also used razor clams that we dug up a couple of weekends ago...yum...the only thing we didn't really care for was the addition of the basil...overall a very tasty chowder...made for Spring PAC 2013 =)
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  2. teresas
    Pipi Soup (Nz Clam Chowder) Created by teresas
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  3. Tea Girl
    Pipi chowder is similar to a milk-based clam chowder, it is made with surf clams that are small clam from NZ, so if you can't get surf clams, get another small type. I really like it with the basil but some of the people I have made it before didn't like it, so if you haven't had a clam chower with basil before, maybe you shoud just take a bit out and add some basil and try it that way first. Based on this recipe: http://australianfood.about.com/od/pacificislandpolynesian/r/PipiSoup.htm
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