Perfectly Creamy Clam Chowder. If clam chowder is ever on the menu in a restaurant we go to, you can bet the hubs will order it. The chowder is without a doubt his favorite soup.
There are a million recipes for clam chowder, but let me tell you what I think makes mine the best.
The combo of these 3 things, plus everything else, of course, makes this chowder so good.
So, let’s get started. Render your bacon. Not only does the bacon give the chowder a lot of flavors, but so does the fat it releases.
I like to cook my bacon pretty crispy, as I not only cook it in the chowder, but top with it as well.
Add in your onions and celery and saute for about 5 minutes. Depending on how much fat was in your bacon, you may need to add in a touch more oil. You want this to saute, but also for the roux.
Not sure what a roux is? Let me explain. It is a mix of fat and flour you cook together. It will add flavor to your dish, but also thicken it as well. You will add the flour right on top of the vegetables and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes. This will cook the flour flavor out. Make sure and mix consistently, it will try and burn on you if you aren’t careful.
Next up is your clam juice, stock, and spices. Don’t add the clams just yet, you only need to heat those, so wait until the end. We like everything just a little spicy, so I used a great spicy salt from the Spice House, which is called Vulcan’s Fire. Let me tell you, if you are looking for a great, spicy salt, this is it! perfect for popcorn too:).
Also, add in your potatoes. You can use any kind you prefer, but let me tell you, yellow potatoes are a personal favorite. They are so creamy and delicious in soups! Let everything cook together, stirring occasionally until the potatoes are cooked and the chowder is thickened.
Last step, add in the half and half, bacon, and clams. Let this cook for just a minute or 2, then turn off the heat.
Top with a little chopped parsley, if you want. Oyster crackers are a must, as is the remaining bacon.
The creaminess of the soup is such a great backdrop to the clams, potatoes, and that little kick of spice!
Are you looking for a great carb to go with this chowder? Let me suggest a few: