Rocky Point Clam Chowder
This is a tradition in Rhode Island! When I was growing up there was an amusement park on the shore called "Rocky Point". It had a huge Shore Dinner Hall that served a meal of lobster, chowder, clamcakes, sweet corn and watermelon. This is the original recipe for the red chowder. It makes 20-8 ounce servings so you may want to cut the recipe in half. Serve with my clam cake recipe. Close your eyes, take a bite and you are in Rhode Island!
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- 1⁄2 lb salt pork, chopped into small pieces
- 1 lb onion, chopped
- 1 gallon clam juice
- 1 lb potato, diced
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 cups canned tomato puree
- 1 1⁄2 quarts chopped quahogs or 1 1/2 quarts clams
- water, as needed
- salt & pepper
- Old Bay Seasoning
- pilot cracker
- In a large stockpot, heat the salt pork until fat melts.
- Add chopped onions; Cook over gentle heat until very soft.
- Add clam juice, potatoes, seasonings, tomato puree, and alittle water; simmer until the potatoes are soft.
- Add quahogs/clams.
- Heat and taste for seasoning.
- TIP: It is best to use old, not new, potatoes because they thicken the chowder with their starch.
- This is not a thick chowder, but can be thickened by crushing Pilot crackers and adding to the chowder near the end of cooking.
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This park open up in the 1840s, 130 years laterit was my turn to enjoy the true pleasure of eating rocky point chowder. What a joy! I was away in the military when I heard it closed it's doors forever. Stumbled across this recipe so I told my girls let's go get some little necks and Clam sauce, needless to say my girls thought that was the grossest idea ever, but I pushed on to the grocery store. Hardest thing to find in Texas these people don't know seafood yes they have the third coast but nothing compares to New England. After about an hour in the kitchen and a couple sips off the spoon I had realized it's the closest thing I'm going to get to that by Gone flavor. It was amazing, memories of people I have not thought offor years started to flood back. I can't wait to my wife gets home from work what a surprise I didn't tell her just in case I blew it but this recipe is spot on I was quite amazed and impressed thanks for the blast from the past. There's A small community of New Englanders where I am, next time we do a potluck with them this is goingto blow their minds. Go Chowda Headed!