Lil Rhodey Chowdah

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Author Notes: In the Great Clam Chowder Debate people always ask which you prefer - Manhattan or New England - Tomato or Clam? Well there is a third choice - Rhode Island Clam Chowdah which is made with a clear broth, onions and potatoes and often bacon. In this case I let the smoke from the clams themselves stand in for the bacon, and added a bright note of herb and citrus. This recipe whips up in no time, I made and wrote it for a single bowl and ate it for lunch - it is easily scaled up according to your needsaargersi

Serves 1 bowl

  • 1 - 3 ounces can smoked baby clams
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 8 ounces clam juice (I got Bar Harbor - their products are great)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup diced red potato
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • ground pepper
  • a little squeeze of lemon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  1. Drain most of the oil off of the clams
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and stir until they just start to sweat, then add the garlic and sweat that too - you don't want them to brown.
  3. Add the clam juice, water and potatoes and bring to a simmer. Add a bit of pepper. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Add in the clams, heat through and turn off the heat.
  4. Stir in the herbs and lemon and serve. Lunch! Soup's on!

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over 2 years ago Sagegreen



over 3 years ago elltea

Rhode Island style is the best -- so fresh and briny! Thank you for posting this!


over 3 years ago lapadia

Love your clear broth version and love the recipe name, too!!


over 3 years ago Bevi

Our daughter went to URI - am very familiar with this version!


over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Gorgeous photo! What a great take on clam chowder.


over 3 years ago Beautiful, Memorable Food

I lived in RI for 10 years- love this version of clam chowder! I have not had it with smoked clams but makes a lot of sense. And of course, some RI clambakes on the side?


over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

absolutely! and a beeah (beer)


over 3 years ago ellenl

This sounds SO good! And pretty healthy too (as chowders go). Thanks.


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Great take on clam chowder. Love how light this is!


over 3 years ago Angelique Nicole

Sounds super yummy - can't wait to try it out!