Easy New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder and Garlic Parmesan Oyster Crackers

Oh, clam chowder (pictured here with garlic parmesan oyster crackers, recipe coming soon). I’ve always lived near the coast, but I hear it’s common in the middle of the country as well (it’s still kind of weird to me that some people have really never tried seafood not in stick form, no lie). But I’ve had trouble with canned soups lately; mostly, I don’t think they taste very good. The typical condensed ones are a struggle to eat at all. And that means only one thing: I must cook more soups! Looking for a recipe for clam chowder showed me just how many Internet idealists think I have time to dig my own clams. Since I don’t, I chose a recipe that called for canned clams and chicken broth, then replaced the broth with bottled clam juice. The soup was a hit! No leftovers, delicious, easy. The most annoying part was dicing the potatoes, and as “most annoying part” goes, that one barely rates a mention. No leftovers, either!

Easy New England Clam Chowder, adapted from Dave Lieberman

1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, very finely diced
2 stalks celery, very finely diced
3 Tbsp. flour
2 c. bottled clam juice
2 (10 oz.) cans chopped clams in juice, drained, juice reserved
1 c. heavy cream
2 bay leaves
1 lb. potatoes cut in small cubes
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the butter and oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and celery once the butter has foamed, cooking until the vegetables are tender but haven’t taken on any color. Sprinkle the flour on and mix it in, cooking until it stops smelling all floury, 2 or 3 minutes. Add in the bottled clam juice, the juice drained off the canned clams, and the bay leaves; stir until the veggies don’t look clumpy any more. Add the potatoes and bring it barely to a boil, then drop the heat to low and only just simmer until the potatoes are tender, 30 minutes or so. Add in the cream and clams and bring back to a simmer until the clams are firm, 2-3 minutes. Taste for seasoning and then serve!

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~ by iliadawry on 18 January 2013.

One Response to “Easy New England Clam Chowder”

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