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Chunky Southwestern Clam Chowder

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
Traditional Northeast chowders are nothing more than cream, fish, and butter with a few crackers thrown in. Every ingredient imaginable has crept in and out of chowders through the years, but one constant remains: cream.

Ingredients

  • 2 red bell peppers (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 (10-ounce) can whole clams, undrained
  • 1 bacon slice
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled baking potato (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 4 ears)
  • 1 cup Chardonnay or other dry white wine
  • 2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 241
  • caloriesfromfat 25 %
  • fat 6.6 g
  • satfat 3.1 g
  • monofat 2.2 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 6.4 g
  • carbohydrate 37.8 g
  • fiber 4.7 g
  • cholesterol 37 mg
  • iron 3.2 mg
  • sodium 339 mg
  • calcium 154 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, and jalapeño pepper on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten bell peppers with hand. Broil 10 minutes or until blackened. Place peppers in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 5 minutes. Discard seeds and membranes from jalapeño pepper. Peel and chop bell peppers and jalapeño pepper; set aside. Drain clams in a colander over a bowl, reserving liquid.

  2. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan. Crumble bacon; set aside. Add chopped onion to pan; sauté 10 minutes. Add flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in reserved clam liquid, potato, corn, wine, and clam juice; bring to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until potato is tender. Stir in roasted peppers, clams, half-and-half, green onions, basil, and black pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon.