Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Clam Chowder

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Absolutely delicious! This recipe takes time to prepare, but is well worth the effort. We make large batches and freeze it. You can use the juice from the clams and shrimp, and substitute it for the water for extra flavor. This recipe came from the McCormick & Schmick Cookbook.

Ingredients:

2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
4 strips bacon, chopped and fried
4 T margarine
¾ cup flour
¼ cup each carrots, onions, celery and bell pepper – all diced
1 quart water
1, 8-oz. bottle clam juice
1-1/2 lbs. canned or fresh clams, diced
1-1/2 lbs. canned or fresh baby shrimp
1 cup cream
½ tsp fresh thyme, chopped
¼ tsp sage
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp salt

Blanch potatoes until barely tender, just a few minutes. Rinse under cold water, drain and set aside. Sauté bacon, drain and set aside. Return bacon grease to pot and half of the margarine. Add flour and cook roux on low heat 3-4 min. Remove roux from pot and set aside. Add rest of margarine to pot and sauté vegetables until soft. Return roux to pot, add water and clam juice. Raise heat to high and cook 6-8 min until thick. Add clams, bacon, potatoes, seasoning and cream. Simmer 5 min.

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