Wednesday, October 7, 2009

My Grandma's Clam Chowder

It is FALL and that means...soup to warm up the cold afternoons. This is a really YUMMY and fairly mild recipe for clam chowder. It also happens to be very easy and really is my grandma's recipe. Enjoy!

Clam Chowder

3 - 6 oz cans of clams (I get the minced clams so the chunks are smaller...personal preference)
1 C chopped onion
1 C chopped celery
2 C diced potatoes
1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 C butter
3/4 C flour
1 qt half and half (recipe also says you can use milk, but I don't think it would be as thick...)
1 1/2 tsp salt
Dash of pepper

Place your veggies in a pan, add just the clam juice and enough water to cover them all. Simmer for 20 minutes or until they are all tender. Melt butter in saucepan. Add flour and salt. Cook 2 minutes on a medium heat, stirring constantly. Add half and half. Cook on medium high and stir until bubbly and very thick. (Be careful here or you'll burn the cream sauce!) Add undrained veggies and clams. Season and serve hot. This is really yummy with bread bowls...which I happen to have a GREAT recipe for. I'll try to post that tonight too if possible...

TIP: I had a busy afternoon and needed this ready by a certain time this evening. So instead of preparing it all together I chopped the veggies right after lunch and threw them in the crock pot on high with the water and clam juice. They cooked all afternoon and then it took me about 20 minutes to put the rest of the soup together later. I was then able to keep it warm in the crock pot without worrying about burning it on the stove. For me splitting it up made it a little more manageable with two smaller pieces of time to get it ready, but it did require planning ahead.

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Audrey said...

Sounds good, I'll have to try it at Christmas time (pretty much the only time of year that I make clam chowder!)

I have a really good recipe for bread bowls too, can't wait to see yours and try it though. I still need to post my wheat bread recipe...

Doran & Jody said...

Actually this does really look good IF you like Clam Chowder. Not for me though unless of course you leave out the clam. Maybe I will have to make this for the MAN. He would love me if I made this just for him!!

Thanks for sharing though.

Kristy said...

In response to that Jody's comment...I actually don't really like most clam chowder. This is very mild, especially if you use the minced clams. I'd make it for the man ;) and try a never know...

Camy said...

I have some good recipes I could contribute. My 3 kids usually eat them.