I have long been a sucker for a good clam chowder. If they've got it on the menu (and it's a place where they make... not open... their clam chowder) I'll order it. I don't go out of my way to get it... I learned a long time ago with pancakes and grape juice that overindulgence can lead to a big mess on the hall floor, and Cheerwine in excess is not much better. I want this to be a favorite for a long time so I treat it accordingly.
Like I said, tonight I got up the nerve to try it out for myself. I know. Watch out, Tim! Don't live too dangerously there. Ooh... making clam chowder... wild man. I told you I liked the stuff. Why would I want to ruin my image of it by screwing it up myself?
I found the recipe at "allrecipes.com" which you find linked on the right===>
and the recipe itself can be found [=] here [=] with the option of entering a "serves #" of your own choosing and have them reprogram the recipe to match. It apparently won some best chowder award somewhere up north a while back. All I can say is it went over well here and I plan on making it again.
Here it is as it serves 8:
- Melt butter in a large kettle or stock pot over medium heat. Add onions and saute until clear. 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 small saucepan, cover peeled potatoes with water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. 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.
Let me know if you'd like a french onion recipe I made on New Years Eve which I was told turned out nicely. I dug it too.
One last note before I sign off. Simon told me to hang onto this recipe until he is a grown up so he can make it too. But he's not going to make it like I did... he's decided to start with the last step and work toward the top.
Gotta love that guy.