Quahog Chowder

Coastal Living
Quahog Chowder
I've found over the years that chowder is the perfect dish on a boat or in a small cottage--easy to assemble, hearty, requiring minimum fuss (just one pot!), and highlighting the saltiness of the sea.
Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

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30 quahogs (or 48 littleneck clams), scrubbed
5 bacon slices, chopped
6 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, diced
1 celery stalk, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
6 tablespoons flour
4 medium potatoes, diced
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups milk
Butter

Preparation

Hands-on: 45 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 25 Minutes

1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add clams; steam 7 to 8 minutes or until shells open. (Discard any that do not.) Remove clams from pot with a slotted spoon. Strain liquid through a fine wire-mesh strainer, reserving 4 cups. Remove clam meat from shells, and coarsely chop.

2. Cook bacon in soup pot over medium heat about 8 minutes or until crispy. Remove bacon from pot with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. Discard pan drippings.

3. Melt 6 tablespoons butter in soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Add flour; cook, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes. Add reserved clam liquid; cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Add potatoes, reduce heat to low, and cook 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

4. Add cream and milk; bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until slightly thickened. Add bacon and chopped clams; cook 3 minutes or until heated through. Ladle into bowls, and top each with a pat of butter.

Created date

October 2014