Budget Cooking...Comfort & Gourmet!


Friday, December 10, 2010

New England Clam Chowder

This recipe is a family favorite. It's perfect for cold wintery days.
I love it because it is something I can whip up quickly using basic items from my pantry.

3 tbsp Best Life Margarine Spread
1 tbsp Olive Oil
5 cloves fresh pressed Garlic
2 small Yellow Onions Chopped
5 Carrots sliced
4 Celery stalks (hearts) sliced
3 Russet Potatoes quartered and sliced
1 16 oz poly bag of thawed frozen corn
1 box of Chicken Stock
1 jar of Clam Juice
2 cans of Chopped Clams with juice
2 tsp Garlic Powder
Sea Salt to taste
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper to taste
1/2 pint Light Cream or 1 can of Evaporated Milk
1 tsp dried Thyme

If you desire to thicken your chowder you may add cornstarch dissolved in cold water.

If you do not eat seafood, you may replace the clam juice with additional Chicken Stock.
You may add chopped Chicken Breasts to make this Chicken Corn Chowder

If you do not eat meat, you may substitute vegetable stock and mushrooms for the dairy/meat.

1. Wash Veggies (minus potatoes). Peel Carrots, Onions and Garlic. Dice, slice and press as desired.
Set Aside.
2. In a large heavy bottomed stock pan, melt/heat the fat.
3. Sautee veggies until soft.
4. Add chopped Clams with juice.
5. Add Clam Juice.
6. Add Chicken Stock
7. Add Potaotes.
8. Bring to a boil.
9. Add Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, Crushed Black Pepper.
10. Add thawed Corn.
11. Reduce heat to a simmer.
12. Add Cream.
13. Reduce until desired thickness is achieved.
14. Add Thyme.
15. Serve with warm Italian Bread or Oyster Crackers.


Sher said...

this looks so delicious sis,Im allergic to seafood so will have to use chicken,great post&recipe thank you for sharing. I need to try this

1xellus1 said...

Sher...Thanks so much for taking the time to view & comment. :O) I hope you like it.

Mz More said...

Looks deelish. I love NE Clam Chowder but never thought to make it myself. Great idea, thanks Sha!

1xellus1 said...

I tried to make it a lil more heart friendly than the traditional recipe. (It uses butter & heavy cream, OUCH!) Thanks for checking out the post E!

justme said...

this looks good and easy enough but do you promise i will like it? lol. i like clam chowder but i have never heard of clam juice before. also can you tell me the way to make it traditionally without being heart friendly just in case, lol

it looks yummy, i would make it with some garlic cheddar biscuits and just have my heart attack right there with a big smile on my face

1xellus1 said...

@justme...ROTFL! Girl, use REAL Butter, & Heavy Cream. I want some biscuits plz! LOL The Clam Juice I believe is just the water the Clams were cooked in. I found it right next to the cans of clams in the market. If you make it, plz lemme know how it turns out (either way) mmmkay? Thanks for cking it out. :O)