Buckytom's Manhattan Clam Chowduh
i've made this for family gatherings a few times to rave reviews. everyone kept asking how i got so much "clammy" flavor into it. i guess it was because the only liquid added was bottled clam juice and a little water. so, here's an "authentic" recipe for manhattan clam chowder, since i'm typing this from manhattan.
2 dozen littleneck clams
2 cans of whole baby clams, 10 ozs. each, juice seperated and saved
2 cans of chopped clams, 6.5 ozs each, juice seperated and saved
4 bottles of clam juice, 8 ozs. each
1 can chopped tomatoes, 32 ozs.
3 cups celery, 1/4" dice
3 cups carrots, 1/2 " dice
4 cups onions, 1/2" dice
5 cups potatoes, 1" dice
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red pepper, 1/4" dice
2 heaping tbsps parsley
light olive oil
1 tbsp butter
a the morning that you're ready to make this, scrub the clams and place them in a bowl of cold water so they're submerged. change the water a few times, to help get rid of any sand they may have in them.
then, in a deep saute over medium low heat, add a tbsp or so of light olive oil, butter and quickly toast the garlic. transfer to a large (8 quarts or better) stock pot. in the saute pan, add a little more light olive oil, turn up the heat and brown the onions. transfer to stock pot.
to the stock pot, add the diced celery, carrots, potatoes, red pepper, can of chopped tomatoes, 2 bottles of clam juice, and the juice that was seperated from the cans of clams. turn up heat to high , bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low to simmer.
simmer for a half hour, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
add the canned clams, continue to simmer and stir for another half hour. reduce heat to a low bubble simmer.
in the original deep sautee, add the remaining bottle of clam juice, and an equal amount of water over high heat to deglaze. scrape up any browning from the onions and garlic. when it starts to boil, add the littlenecks (you may have to do this in 2 batches, and add a little more water the second time), cover tightly, and steam until they just begin to open. when all clams are opened, let them cool in a bowl to help reserve any juices that run out.
add the remaining liquid from the saute pan to the stock pot.
when cool, remove clam meat from the shells and roughly chop each one into quarters, depending on the size. add the chopped clams and reserved juice to the stock pot.
add the parsley, and simmmer for another 10 minutes or so, stirring, checking to see that the veggies and potatoes are tender.
serve with oyster crackers.
A true lover of nature does not despair now that his mistress has turned a colder cheek.