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CLAM CHOWDER (New England Style)

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“There are hundreds of recipes for New England Clam Chowder. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, where there are wonderful New England style restaurants. When I say that this is the BEST RECIPE I have ever tasted, you can TAKE THAT TO THE BANK!!!”
READY IN:
1hr 15mins
SERVES:
4-6
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a large stockpot bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add clams, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Uncover, quickly stir clams with a wooden spoon and cover again.
  4. Continue to cook 5 to 10 minutes longer, until most of the clams are opened.
  5. Transfer clams to a large bowl and strain the broth twice through a fine mesh sieve or cheese cloth into another bowl, being careful to strain out the sand and grit.
  6. You should now have about 6 cups of clam broth.
  7. If not, add enough water to make it 6 cups.
  8. When clams are cool enough to handle, remove them from their shells and cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
  9. Set clams and broth aside.
  10. In a large heavy pot, cook bacon until crisp and fat is rendered.
  11. Pour off all, except 2 tablespoons, of the bacon fat.
  12. Add the butter, onions and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  13. Add the garlic, thyme and bay leaves and cook until vegetables are completely wilted, about 3 minutes, being careful not to brown.
  14. Add the potatoes and the reserved clam broth and bring to a boil.
  15. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, until broth slightly thickens and the potatoes are very tender.
  16. If you prefer a thicker broth, mash some of the potatoes against the side of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  17. Remove from heat, stir in the clams and heavy whipping cream, and season with salt and pepper, if necessary.
  18. Set aside for 1 hour, to allow all of the flavors to thoroughly blend.
  19. Place the pot over low heat and slowly reheat, being careful not to bring to a boil.
  20. Serve hot, garnished with 1 or 2 pats of butter and some chopped scallions.

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