New England Clam Chowder

Winter time is the perfect season to enjoy this hearty and delectable meal of comfort-giving ingredients. This type of clam chowder is often enjoyed along the New England Coast. It is a staple in most New England homes and is included on the menu of most of the popular restaurants in the region.

Although this creamy concoction appears to be and tastes as if it were complex and difficult to prepare, it is actually quite simple. This is a great meal for last-minute preparation on those busy days when time is of the essence.

Ingredients

1lb prepared ready to use fresh shelled clams or two 6oz cans clam pieces

Two 8oz bottles clam juice

One quart light cream or half and half

1/4 stick butter

Two large potatoes peeled and cut in 1in cubes

Two stalks celery deveined and chopped into 1/4in slices

One large clove garlic chopped fine or put through garlic press

2tbs flour

1tsp salt

1tsp white pepper

Pinch of each, thyme, marjoram, dried parsley, sage

One small package frozen corn (optional)

Preparation

Chop onion into medium fine pieces. Cut celery into 1/4in. pieces, chop garlic fine or put through garlic press. In medium fry pan saute onion, garlic and celery in oil till clear. Do not brown.  Brown bacon, drain and break into crumbs. Add to mixture along with 2tbs. flour and spices, and stir until a thick paste consistency.  Add clam juice into paste mix, and stir until well blended.

Pour all ingredients into a 4quart saucepan. Add cream or half and half to pan.  Cut potatoes into 1in. cubes, add to mixture and cook till soft.  Simmer over medium heat till to just below the boiling stage. Wash frozen corn in hot water and drain (optional). Add corn to chowder, and bring back to just below boiling stage.

Add clams to mixture, and heat till just below boiling stage once again. Don't overcook clams or they will become rubbery. Garnish with parsley and a dash of paprika.

Serve and Enjoy

Preparation time 40 minutes to table

Serves 6

Serving Suggestions

Serve with choice of crackers, cornbread or hot crusty bread & butter

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