New England Clam Chowder

Creamy, chunky New England Clam Chowder is the perfect way to warm up on a cold day!

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It’s time for another installment of The Secret Recipe Club!

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This month my blog assignment was Morsels of Life, and oh my gosh there were so many recipes I wanted to make.  There were foods I’ve been wanting to try my hand at again – like the Sweet Potato Gnocchi, food’s I’d only seen on TV – like the Luther Burger, and this Avocado Bean Quesadilla…yum!  I really loved all the Asian recipes on this site too.  Can we just talk about the Cha Shao Bao (BBQ Pork Buns) for a minute??!!?

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Years ago I spent a couple weeks just outside of Seattle in October.  We went to Puget Sound, the U district for some parties and it rained the whole time.  And it was cold.  It took me about 4 days to get my body adjusted to the cold enough to not get laughed at by the locals, but it happened.  I didn’t mind the rain though.  I l-o-v-e the rain.  Maybe it’s because I live in the desert.

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{my camera fell in Puget Sound after hitting a bunch of rocks on the way down. *sigh*}

Since we were in Seattle I had to go to Pike Place Market.  For all the fish throwing fame, there are countless shops, and the most amazing little cheesecake stall there.  But across the street, like I can see the fish mongers from the cart, was a little stand with BBQ Pork Buns.  It was cold, wet, and these warm little buns of happiness were the most amazing thing ever.  I had two.  I should have bought a third because oh my gosh!  I almost made these buns from the recipe on Morsels of Life.  But I’m a procrastinator, and I’d need to make two recipes for the buns.  Soon though.  Soon.

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Instead I made New England Clam Chowder.  It’s been grey and rainy here, and this soup is the best thing ever on a wet, cold-ish afternoon.  I love potatoes in my clam chowder, so I added some extra in (compared to the recipe), and I may have added some extra bacon.  We’ve talked about my bacon love.

The original recipe calls for 6.5 ounces of clam meat.  I already had a pound of frozen, cooked clams in the shell.  So I thawed those and used the meat.  I have no idea how much meat I got, but I think it was fine.  The chowder wasn’t super clamy, but the flavor is oh so good and creamy.  And when you bite into one of those sweet clams you get a fabulous briny pop to compliment the potatoes and bacon.  I didn’t share any of it.

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Creamy, chunky New England Clam Chowder is the perfect way to warm up on a cold day!
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 large carrot, ends removed and diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and cut into small bite-sized cubes
  • Clam meat, removed from 1 pound cooked clams (in the shell), rough chopped, reserve juices
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 strips thick cut bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat, and add butter. Once butter is melted add celery, carrots, and onion. Cook until vegetables are soft and onions are translucent, about 8 minutes.
  2. Stir in flour, and cook for 2 minutes. Add milk and clam juice to soup, and mix until there are no lumps. Add potatoes, and increase heat to medium-high heat. Stir frequently until soup comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are fork tender, 10 to 13 minutes.
  3. Add clam meat, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes until clam meat is heated through.
  4. Portion soup into serving bowls, and top with bacon.
Notes
The original recipes calls for 6.5 ounces clam meat. I had clams in the shell on hand, and used those. Reserve the juices which ever kind of clam meat you use.

Comments

  1. says

    We LOVE clam chowder and I make it every christmas eve! We live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with all its rain..lol. I grew up 30 minutes from Seattle…love the area

  2. says

    Glad you liked the NE Clam Chowder! It’s been a while since I’ve made it, and I think I need to make some once the weather gets a bit cooler. 🙂

    PS – The Cha Shao Bao are super tasty! (But it’s hard to make bad Cha Shao Bao.) 🙂 Hope you enjoy those soon!

  3. says

    So sorry about your camera! But that clam chowder’s something else! It is one of my favorite things to eat – ever! This recipe sounds yum! And that bacon seals the deal 🙂 Thanks for sharing and so happy to be in SRC B with you!

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