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Clam Chowder that Saved Christmas Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Anita Lantz
Added: Friday, October 23, 2009

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1/2 cup butter
1-1/2 large onions, chopped
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 quart shucked clams, with liquid or 6 cans baby clams
6 (8 oz.) jars clam juice
1 pound boiling potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 cups half-and-half cream
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 t. chopped fresh dill weed

Optional additions: cooked bacon strips, chopped; 3 stalks of celery, chopped; 1 or 2 cups frozen corn

Directions:
Directions:
Melt butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add onions and saute until translucent. Stir in flour and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, for 2 to 4 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a separate pot, bring clams and clam juice to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, cover peeled potatoes with water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. (If optional celery and/or corn are to be used, add with potatoes to cook.) Drain and set aside.

Slowly pour hot clam stock into butter/flour mixture while stirring constantly. Continue stirring and slowly bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add cooked potatoes. Mix in half and half, salt and pepper and chopped dill. Heat through but do not boil. (Sprinkle with optional bacon if desired.)

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
8
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
1 hour
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
For at least twenty years, our traditional Christmas Eve dinner consisted of fresh cracked crab, coleslaw, and warm French bread. It wasn't until Julie was about 30 years old when she finally confessed that she really did not care for crab or coleslaw, but had never mentioned it because she didn't want to "spoil our fun". (I wondered why she always ate so much French bread!) It was an easy fix. She loves Newport clam chowder, so this was added to the menu, and now she looks forward to Christmas Eve dinner almost as much as the rest of us!

 

 

 

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