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Clam Chowder (Recipe)

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2 pounds Fresh Clams (such as littleneck or cherrystone clams)
4 slices / diced Bacon
1 / diced Medium Onion
2 / diced Celery Stalks
2 / peeled and diced Medium Potatoes
2 cups Clam Juice
1 cup / whole milk Milk
2 tablespoons All-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 teaspoon Dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
For garnish (optional) Chopped fresh parsley

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Clam Chowder (Recipe)

  • 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 min
  • Medium



  1. If using fresh clams, scrub the shells under cold water to remove any dirt or sand. Discard any clams that are cracked or open and do not close when tapped.
  2. In a large pot, add the clams and enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until the clams open. Discard any clams that do not open.
  3. Remove the clams from the pot, reserving the cooking liquid. Remove the clams from the shells and roughly chop them. Set aside.
  4. In the same pot, cook the diced bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving the bacon fat in the pot.
  5. Add the diced onion and celery to the pot and cook until they soften and become translucent, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the diced potatoes, clam juice (or seafood broth), bay leaf, and dried thyme to the pot. Bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  7. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour and butter to make a roux.
  8. Stir the roux into the pot, followed by the chopped clams. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the soup has thickened slightly.
  9. Stir in the milk (or half-and-half) and season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking for a few more minutes until the soup is heated through.
  10. Remove the bay leaf from the pot before serving.
  11. Ladle the Clam Chowder into bowls and garnish with crispy bacon and chopped fresh parsley, if desired.
  12. Serve the Clam Chowder hot with crusty bread or oyster crackers.

Note: If using frozen clams, follow the instructions on the packaging for thawing and cooking.

Enjoy your homemade Clam Chowder, a comforting and flavorful soup that is perfect for chilly days or whenever you’re craving a taste of the sea!

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