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New England Clam Chowder Recipe

New England Clam Chowder recipe
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New England Clam Chowder - creamy white hearty soup made with fresh tender clams, potatoes and smokey bacon. Definitely a great comforting dish on a season like this!


3 cups water
5 pounds live clams in shells, (shells scrubbed (see notes for canned substitute))
4 slices thick bacon, (diced)
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, (chopped)
2 stalks celery, (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon garlic, (minced)
1 teaspoon thyme
1 large bay leaf
1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
1 tablespoon flour
1½ cup clam juice, (or more)
½ cup heavy cream
1 cup half-and-half
4 cups potatoes, (cubed)
Salt and pepper, (to taste)
Chives, (for garnish (optional))


Add about 3 cups of water to a large pot, then add clams—cover and place over high heat. Cook clams for about 5 minutes. Uncover the pot, stir the clams, and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes or until the clams open up.
Turn off the heat and discard any clams that have not opened. Strain the liquid from the pot through a mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter and reserve juice to use later. Coarsely chop the clams and set them aside.
In a large pot over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Drain bacon on paper towels while leaving the bacon fat in the pot - about 1-2 tablespoons.
Next, add butter to melt, followed by onions and celery, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, thyme, bay leaf, Creole seasoning, and flour, and cook for about a minute or until the garlic is fragrant and the flour turns pale golden.
Pour in reserved clam juice, cream, and half-and-half while whisking constantly until combined. Stir in the potatoes and bring mixture to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
Add chopped clams meat and cook until heated through (about 2 minutes). Season chowder with salt and pepper to taste. If the chowder is too thick, gradually stir in more half-and-half or clam juice until you reach your preferred consistency. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Garnish with chopped bacon and chives and serve immediately with crusty bread or cornbread.

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