- 2 cups refrigerated diced potatoes with onion (such as Simply Potatoes)
- 2 1/4 cups water, divided
- 50 littleneck clams, scrubbed
- 2 thyme sprigs
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 slice applewood-smoked bacon, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- 1/2 cup oyster crackers
- calories 336
- fat 10.4 g
- satfat 5.1 g
- monofat 2.8 g
- polyfat 1.2 g
- protein 28.8 g
- carbohydrate 30.2 g
- fiber 2.1 g
- cholesterol 88 mg
- iron 26.5 mg
- sodium 629 mg
- calcium 164 mg
How to Make It
Combine potato mixture and 1 1/4 cups water in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Set aside.
While potatoes cook, combine remaining 1 cup water, clams, thyme sprigs, and bay leaf in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 6 minutes or until shells open. Remove clams from pan using a slotted spoon, and discard any unopened shells. Strain the cooking liquid through a fine mesh sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Cool clams slightly. Remove meat from shells, and chop. Discard shells.
Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon to pan, and cook for 4 minutes or until browned and crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan using a slotted spoon. Increase heat to medium-high. Add the celery to drippings in pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
Combine flour and bottled clam juice in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add clam juice mixture and reserved cooking liquid to pan. Bring mixture to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add reserved potato mixture and chopped thyme to pan; reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in chopped clams, half-and-half, and salt. Divide chowder evenly among 4 bowls; sprinkle evenly with bacon, pepper, and chives. Serve with crackers.