The Best Way to Make Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder, simple and tasty.

 

It is always good to gather and prepare the ingredients ahead of heat or cook time until

familiar with the recipe and method.

 

Ingredients and method:

 

In a heavy bottomed pot:

 

Heat

4 tble spoons bacon fat

 

Add and saute until soft:

1 tble spoon finely chopped carrots

 

Then add and saute until translucent:

2 tble spoons finely chopped onion

3 tble spoons finely chopped celery

 

Next season the vegetables with:

1 tble spoon coarse ground kosher salt

1/2 tble spoon fresh cracked pepper

1/2 tble spoon fresh minced garlic

1 tble spoon fresh finely chopped thyme

 

Add and saute just until heated:

2 12 oz cans of chopped sea clams, without the liquid

 

Once the above ingredients are nicely cooked, being sure the vegetable are tender add

3 tble spoons of flour to absorb the fat. 

 

Move the vegetables and clams gently with the flour urn until the flour has absorbed the fat and heat for 5 minutes. This removes any flavor the flour might add. Once the roux is ready:

 

Add to the hot roux:

8 to 12 oz of clam broth, depending upon the flavor preference. Be sure the liquid is cold. This ensures that there is no clumping or lumping. 

Be gentle though with all the ingredients. Moving the product too much mashes the vegetables and toughens the clams.

 

Once all the above in mixed nicely and smooth:

Add: 

2 quarts of heavy cream. 

Move the mixture enough to keep the clam chowder from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

 

 

 

Simmer until the chowder until the cream bubbles up, twice, it is one reduced and as thick as it will be until you refrigerate it, weather as a leftover, or as an item prepared a day in advance. 

 

If you are serving immediately upon completion,  adjust the thickness to your liking with cream or clam broth.

 

If you are to re heat the creamy chowder another time, you will most likely en to thin it a bit. 

 

This is a good chowder to serve garnished with zested lemon.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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