New England Clam Chowder
Today I am celebrating my dad's birthday. I never got a chance to really cook for him as he past away when I was 11. I've always wondered what I would cook for him. I want to honor him today by sharing one of my favorite recipes from his hometown of Boston, Clam Chowder.
6 sliced bacon, diced
1 small onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup flour
4 (6.5 ounce cans) chopped clams, drained reserving juice
1 cup seafood stock
1 cup milk
1 cup half-and-half
4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
Creole seasoning and thyme to taste
In a large pot over medium-high heat, add bacon and cook until slightly crisp and no longer pink. Remove it to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add the onion celery, and garlic an cook until tender. Add the flour and stir, cooking for 2 minutes. Add in the juice from the clams, seafood stock, milk and half-and-half, then stir until there aren't any clumps. Add in the potatoes. Bring pot to a boil and reduce heat until the potatoes are tender and the soup is thick. Stir in the clams, Creole seasoning and thyme to taste. When serving, top with crumbled bacon.
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Good Cooking, Good Eating and Good Living!!!