Clam chowder #2

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This is a new recipe for New England clam chower, based more on my recipe for corn chowder, which I like a lot. I previously made clam chowder with raw clams, too. I wasn't positive this would work out, so I made a small tester recipe for now.

Serves 2, multiply as necessary.

1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 small carrot, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 slice cooked bacon, chopped (optional)
1/8 c. flour
12 oz. water
1 tbsp. More Than Gourmet roasted chicken stock concentrate
small potato, peeled and diced
1 small can of clams (6.5 oz.)
4 oz. heavy cream
salt
freshly ground white pepper
Tabasco or other hot sauce (optional)

Here are the veggies prepped and mostly ready to go. (Not pictured: the minced garlic.)

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Add the butter and oil to a soup pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes.

Add the celery, carrot, garlic and bacon and cook for a few more minutes.

Add the 1/8 c. flour and cook for 5 minutes, stirring periodically.

This was a spur of the moment thing so I walked to my very small local grocery store, which does not carry live clams, or even more than one canned variety. This will have to do.

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Incidentally, while minced clams work, they're kind of weird because they really are minced - miniscule clam bits. Probably chopped clams, or whole clams, chopped, would work much better!

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Update 10/27/2013: This time I made it with chopped, not minced, clams. Much better!

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Drain the clams into a measuring cup. Add enough water to make 12 oz. of liquid.

Add the liquid and the 1 tbsp. More Than Gourmet roasted chicken stock concentrate to the pot. Or substitute vegetable broth, seafood broth, clam juice, or just plain water.

Add the potatoes and bring back to a boil, then reduce the heat to a very slow boil. Cook the potatoes for 10 minutes.

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Add the clams and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the 4 oz. of cream and cook for 2 minutes.

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Season with salt and freshly ground white pepper. Optionally add a few dashes of hot sauce.

This was delicious!

There are few options, not as many as corn chowder, though.

Pescetarian: Omit the bacon and use vegetable broth.

Gluten-free: Substitute another thickener for the flour.