Thick’n’Creamy New England Clam Chowder

Thick'n'Creamy New England Clam Chowder

Thick'n'Creamy New England Clam Chowder

Travelling through New England in spring 2014 and autumn 2015, my parents and I made sure to take advantage of the local quahog clams via delicious, creamy clam chowder. Manhattan clam chowder is lighter and tomato-based, but New England clam chowder is thick and creamy and rich. Here is a recipe that I made for Tomiko, Donatello, Ryan and Karlos, who didn’t come to New England with us.

Technically, a chowder needs to include potatoes. Other than that, all the other ingredients are fair game. Cream? Clams? Corn? Bacon? Add whatever you want!Thick'n'Creamy New England Clam Chowder

Thick'n'Creamy New England Clam Chowder

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Thick'n'Creamy New England Clam Chowder
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bottle (240 mL) clam juice
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 can clams, rinsed, drained, and chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 cup table cream (18%)
  • butter and paprika, to serve
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, bring the water, clam juice, potatoes, clams, and bay leaf. to a boil. Turn heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Drain the solids but keep the broth reserved. Discard the bay leaf.
  2. In the same pot over medium heat, fry the bacon until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and discard all but 2 Tbsp of bacon fat.
  3. Heat bacon fat over medium heat in the pot. Add the onions, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until softened. Sprinkle in flour, and cook, stirring, for one minute. Gradually stir in reserved broth, mixing well to keep it smooth. Add reserved solids, bacon, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in cream to taste, and heat without cooking.
  5. Serve in bowls or mugs, and garnish with a pat of butter and a sprinkle of paprika. Serve with oyster crackers for a true New England meal!

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18 Replies to “Thick’n’Creamy New England Clam Chowder”

  1. For some reason although I adore New England clam chowder, I’ve never thought of making it! This looks so tasty and simple! Thank you for posting this!

  2. Mrs R @ says: Reply

    This looks delish! Clam Chowder is one of my favs! I’m definitely going to try your recipe. Thank you!

  3. We make this every Christmas Eve. I have an old recipe from my dad, similar to yours and yes, potatoes are a must. Love this chowder.

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  5. I love a good chowder recipe & this one sounds fabulous! Thank you for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-up at: www, Pinned!! 🙂

  6. New England Clam Chowder is definitely one of my favorite soups, especially during the colder season. Love this recipe. Pinning!

  7. This looks wonderful! I love New England clam chowder, but I’ve never tried to make it myself. I will give your recipe a try! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love thick and creamy clam chowder! Pinned!

  9. Ohhh, love clam chowder! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us at Brag About It! Pinned and tweeted to share 🙂 Have a wonderful week ahead!

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  11. Hopefully we are cooling off here so I can make a nice hearty soup like this. Thanks for sharing on the Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I hope you will join us again next week.

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  14. I love a good New England clam chowder, this sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

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