New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder made just for Brian — with canned clams, fresh celery and onions and spiced with bay leaves and thyme. It was gone in two days, three at the most. The only clam taste is the clams.  That was one of the requirements – no fishy taste, mashed potatoes and makes a bunch. So the ultimate challenge here in this recipe – I’ve never had or wanted to have New England Clam Chowder. (Growing up in New England is a bit confusing for some.) I didn’t know what made a good tasting clam chowder. I went with my gut and it seemed to work out. He loved it! I still didn’t try any. Which I meant to, it just didn’t happen. But I have already been asked to put this on the January “to make” schedule – so I think I’ll have another try at tasting it. I’m good with everything, but the clams. Not sure how I feel about those. LOL We’ll see.

Do you have any favorite comfort soups for the winter?

New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 celery stocks, minced
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon black pepper (depending on your taste)
  • 2 large potatoes, cubed to ½ inch pieces
  • 4- 6.5 ounce canned chopped clams, drained
  • 1 tablespoon sherry (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and celery and saute until tender.
  3. Stir in cornstarch until evenly coated.
  4. Add broth, half and half, potatoes and spices and stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a boil and stir consistently (the mixture will be to thicken a little), reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 20-30 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
  6. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes a bit to have very small chunks.
  7. Add clams, sherry and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes, until clams are firm. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
 

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