Fully-loaded Littleneck Clam Chowder

October 5, 2014

Author Notes: Even if you aren't a huge fan of seafood, this littleneck clam chowder may be just the dish to convert you. Bacony and full-bodied, it's rich enough to satisfy the biggest dinner appetites. To make things extra decadent, serve it fully-loaded: smoked crispy bacon, oyster crackers, sliced green onions and a few drops of fiery Cholula hot sauce.Feed Me Dearly

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds littleneck clams
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 packet pack of bacon (5-6 slices)
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed Russet potatoes
  • A few large sprigs of fresh oregano
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Soak 2 lbs of littleneck clams in few changes of water until the water runs clear.
  2. Place the clams in a Dutch oven and cover with a cup of water, cover, and then cook on high heat for five minutes until the clams have opened.
  3. Remove the clams and let cool, and then strain the liquor through a fine-meshed sieve to remove any additional debris. Set aside and rinse out your pot.
  4. Cook a half pack of bacon (5-6 slices) in the same pot on medium heat until crispy, then remove with a slotted spoon and reserve.
  5. Cook a diced onion in the bacon fat until translucent and then add 1 cup of peeled and cubed Russet potatoes. Cook for a few more minutes before sprinkling the whole thing with 3 tablespoons of flour.
  6. Cook for a minute, then add your reserved clam juice.
  7. Slowly mix in 3 cups of half and half, making sure there are no lumps.
  8. Serve with the reserved bacon, crumbled; oyster crackers, sliced green onions and the most critical ingredient - Cholula hot sauce (original flavor).

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

Bob Q. May 13, 2018
Like the smokieness but don't want a meat product in your chowder? I did this and used smoked trout (but I personally also usually use bacon) in place of the bacon as I was having friends in who do not eat meat or pork products. I also added a little olive oil to make up for the bacon fat's silkeyness. YUM!
 
Min L. August 25, 2016
Very Nice recipe and chef of the best soup maker whom I think :) )<br /> Is it definitely delicious?