By Chef Alli

New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder

Ingredients

  • 12-15 oz. chopped canned clams, drained
  • ½ lb. bacon, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into small
  • cubes, approx. ½ inch in size
  • 4 cups clam juice
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Stove Top Method

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon begins to brown, six to eight minutes; remove the bacon and all but one to two tablespoons bacon fat from pot. Add celery, onion and garlic to pot and cook, stirring often until onion and celery are soft and translucent, 10–12 minutes. Add clam juice, vegetable broth, potatoes, thyme and bay leaf. Bring chowder base to a simmer; cook until potatoes are fork tender, 22–25 minutes. Meanwhile, make a slurry by combining cornstarch and two tablespoons water in a small bowl; slowly stir slurry into chowder base and return chowder to a simmer to thicken. Stir in clams, cream and bacon; season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide chowder among warm bread bowls and serve.

Pressure Cooker Method

In a pressure cooker pot set on browning setting, cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon begins to brown, six to eight minutes; remove the bacon and all but one to two tablespoons bacon fat from pot. Add celery, onion and garlic to pot and cook, stirring often until onion and celery are soft and translucent, 10–12 minutes. Add clam juice, vegetable broth, potatoes, thyme and bay leaf. Lock pressure cooker lid into place and choose six minutes on high setting. When timer goes off, perform a quick releaseto let all pressure escape from the pot; remove lid. Meanwhile, make a slurry by combining cornstarch and two tablespoons water in a small bowl; slowly stir slurry into chowder base and return chowder to a simmer to thicken. Stir in clams, cream and bacon; season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide chowder among warm bread bowls and serve.

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  • Chef Alli

    Chef Alli is a wife, mom and chef. She's been stirring up a love of farm fresh cooking for more than a decade.  To see more of Alli's recipes, go to www.chefallis.com.