Friday, September 27, 2013

Clam Chowdah

My mom's YUM-O clam chowder recipe - beloved by our whole family ... at least all of us who eat seafood.  Some of the "in-laws" do NOT, including my Cute Husband. My cousin requested it so I decided to put it here, just in case anyone else was in the need for some genuine New England clam chowdah.

I have included the original and some of the minor changes that I made.

1/4 lb salt pork - chunked (I fry up 1/2 lb of bacon, chop it and use it instead)
4 cups of diced potatoes (I use already cut up frozen - Orida brand)
1/2 C chopped onion (I don't measure, just chop some, we like a lot of onions!)
2 C milk (I use skim milk because that's what we always have in the refrigerator)
1 C light cream (I use 1/2 and 1/2 cream and I use about 3/4 cup)
3 Tbsp flour
3 cans (6 oz) minced clams with broth (I use 4 - 2 chopped and 2 minced)
Parsley, dill, pepper

Fry up the salt pork.  (I use bacon, drain on paper towels) Add the chopped onions to and saut√©. Drain well. Put the onion back into the pan, add 1 cup of clam broth and 2 cups of water and potatoes. Cook covered for 15/20 minutes.  Add clams, milk and cream.  (At this point, if you used salt pork, remove the chunks - this is why I use bacon - you don't have to remove it.
Blend 1/4 cup of milk with the flour; stir in to thicken. Add salt and pepper, couple dashes of dill and parsley.  Heat slowly.  Serve with oyster crackers.

Cooking change - I only cook it for about 6 to 10 minutes without the potatoes and put it in the crock pot with the potatoes all day.  Then I add the flour and finish cooking.

It's what's for dinner tonight!

I finished a purple scarf for Mom - shhhh - it's for Christmas.


Pat said...

I love clam chowder. What time is dinner? :D

Katie M. said...

Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to be trying it soon! Love the scarf!

WoolenSails said...

I love chowder, need to make some. I like red chowder but my kids like milk, so makes it tough to make for a cookout unless I make two types.