Sunday, August 28, 2011

New England Clam Chowder

I absolutely LOVE New England Clam Chowder and have made this recipe a lot over the years, and I love to make this on a cold, rainy Sunday.  Although it is not exactly cold today, I think it makes for a great meal during the aftermath of a hurricane!

2 Tbsp butter
2 slices bacon, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 Tbsp dried thyme
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp flour
1 pint half-and-half
2 cups chicken stock
1-2 potatoes, depending on the size
2 cans minced or whole baby clams and their juice

In a large pot over medium high heat melt butter. (I like to use my dutch oven for this recipe.)  Add bacon and let the bacon cook a bit and get a little brown.  Add onions cook for 1-2 minutes and then add celery, thyme, salt and pepper.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Add flour and stir and cook for another minute or two.  Add half-and half and stock and bring to a bubble.  While you are waiting for the soup to bubble, peel and cut your potatoes and cook in the microwave for about 2 minutes so they are partly cooked.  Once soup is bubbling, add potatoes and clams.  Bring soup to a boil and reduce heat and simmer until your chowder is nice and thick and can coat the back of a spoon.  The longer you simmer the thicker the soup will get.  I like mine to be very thick, so I simmer it for awhile, about 30-45 minutes or more.

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