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Old 11-04-2004, 02:14 PM   #1
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Clam Chowder

Clam chowder

3 cans (10 oz) chopped clams
1/2 pound bacon
3 cups peeled and cubed small potatoes
1 1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp chicken bouillon granules
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp dried thyme, crushed
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup whole milk
2 cups 1/2 and 1/2 (not the fat free kind!!)
2 tablespoons flour


Drain clams. Save the juice and set aside.

In large pan cook the bacon till crisp. Remove 1/2 of the bacon grease.

In the same pan combine bacon drippings, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, clam juice (NOT THE CLAMS), potatoes, onions and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Wth the back of a fork mash potatoes slightly against the side of the pan. Combine milk, cream and flour till smooth. Add to potato mixture. Cook and stir till slightly thickened. Add the clams and bring back to a boil reduce heat to low and cook for 1 more minute.

I add a teaspoon or two of butter to each bowl of soup right before serving.

Yummy! I'll be making this again Sunday!

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Old 11-04-2004, 02:16 PM   #2
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hoo-boy does this sound terrific. too bad I bought those 3 cans of chowder yesterday. maybe I can talk someone else in the house into eating them so I can have this....................
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YUMMY!... that is the strange thing about me.. I hate clams by themselves, but I love New England and Manhattan chowders. And, if someone is on a diet and coming to this site, there is something wrong!
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Old 11-04-2004, 02:20 PM   #4
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Eat the cans of chowder first.

After you try this soup.. you'll never be able to enjoy canned again.!!!

Enjoy!!
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Old 11-05-2004, 10:55 PM   #5
 
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Can you describe, more closely, what you mean by "clams"?

I can get "clams" at the local fishmongers or superstores, but lack the understanding of "what sort", (and why!), and how and what to do with them...can certainly follow the balance of instructions, if I could just grasp what I'm looking for when I open the shell...

Aside from that, any suggestions on a Manhatten recipe?

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Old 11-06-2004, 06:32 AM   #6
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Lifter,

The recipe from pdswife calls for canned clams. I would use the Groton's chopped clams.

For fresh clams I'd get quahogs, but if unavailable, your fish person should be able to make a suggestion.

There is a book called 50 Chowders written by Jasper White that can give you many different variations of chowder.
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:16 AM   #7
 
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Now This is what I call clam chowder! Can't wait to try it.
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:50 AM   #8
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i just saw an episode of america's (uptight) test kitchen, and they rated cherrystones as the best for chowdah. i think they said quahogs (how do you pronounce that? ko-hog or kway-hog?) were too much belly, and get too tough.
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Old 11-07-2004, 05:47 AM   #9
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Buckytom, I have used both the Quahogs and Cherrystones with good results.
I pronounce it kwahogs. :)
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LOL buck.....silly man it's pronounced quahog, just as it's written qua-hog. <shaking head giggling> Silly, move to Long Island we'll show ya! BTW, how would you pronounce Quogue, Noyak or Montauk.
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