Thursday, February 7, 2013

Friday's Favs...Homemade Clam Chowder

Mama was born on Prince Edward Island and raised in Bath, Maine.
She loved all things seafood and raised us kids to love it too.
Now my children and grandchildren all love it.

Mama made us clam chowder often.
It's really quite simple to make and is also quite economical.
A big bowl of clam chowder on a rainy day warms the heart and stomach!

Here's how I make it:
Boil 10 peeled and diced russet potatoes in salted water.
Cook until soft enough for fork to penetrate, (but not mushy and falling apart).
While the potatoes are cooking, in a 5-6 quart soup pot saute 5 or 6 strips of bacon, diced,  until crisp.
Remove bacon and save until later.
To soup pot add 1 cube butter, 1 medium onion, diced, and 3-4 stalks of celery, diced.
Saute on medium low heat until the veggies are soft.
Add 1/2 cup flour to butter and veggies to made a roux.
Cook on low for about 10 minutes.
Add 3-6.5 oz. cans chopped clams with the juice.
(Unless you're lucky enough to have fresh clams!)
Add one quart whole milk, or a bit more if you prefer a more soupy chowder.
Add potatoes that have been well drained.
Add bacon.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Warm on medium low until heated through
being careful not to scorch it.
Serve with oyster crackers and some hearty bread.

It's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a BLESSED weekend!

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  1. It sounds WONderful! (What size of pot do you make this in? Mentally, I'm adding it up and it sounds like a pretty big batch, right?)

  2. Now I am STARVING. I love New England Clam Chowder. This looks so yummy. Thanks for the recipe. :)

  3. Yum-m-m!! I'm going to make a batch of this soon. Real soon! I've been looking for a good recipe for clam chowder and I think I've found it here! Thank you for sharing with us.

  4. Now that's what I call comfort food!

  5. This looks so delicious! Clam chowder is my favorite--but my husband is allergic to shellfish :( I would love to make this!

  6. This looks wonderful, YUMMY. thank you for the recipe.

  7. I lived a few years in Brunswick, Maine and loved it beyond imagination. Thank you for the recipe and memories!

    1. I've been to Brunswick! I am hankering to visit Maine, again!

  8. Gosh this looks delicious! Beautiful too! Perfect for a frosty weekend. Stay cozy!

  9. That looks so yummy! Have a great weekend!

  10. Hmmm, I would have said I didn't like clam chowder but after reading the recipe I have changed my mind. ;) Sounds like the perfect comfort food. :) Great photos too! ;)

  11. oh my. this looks about 23 kinds of amazing! would you believe that i have never in my life made a decent clam chowder? looks like that's about to change right quick!

  12. I usually go for the Manhattan version, but this looks great!

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