“There is no food in this world more beloved than bacon” -just about everyone
I hate clam chowder… Probably has a lot to do with the fact that I hate clams… but like most of the things I make in the kitchen it’s said to be delicious… even if I don’t quite think so myself… The key is Bacon… No matter what you’re making if you add a healthy (well more like not so healthy) helping of bacon it’s bound to be good… so here you have it, New England Clam Chowder w/ Bacon!
½ lb-1lb Bacon diced (It really just depends on how much you like bacon)
1-2 medium Onions Sliced (again it really just depends on how much you like onions)
3 – 6.5oz cans of minced clams (save the liquid you’ll need it later!!!)
2 ½ Tbsp all purpose flour
2-3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 ½ tsp salt
¼ tsp celery salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
3 cups milk
2 Tbsp Butter
- Over Medium heat in a large saucepan(4-5 quarts) cook the bacon until lightly browned
- Add onions and continue to cook until tender: about 6-7 minutes
- Add enough water to reserved clam liquid to make about 2 cups
- Add flower to onion mixture and stir until onions and bacon are coated
- Gradually add clam liquid stirring constantly until the mixture begins to thicken
- Stir in the potatoes and spices: cover and let cook until potatoes are tender: about 12-15 minutes
- Add clams, milk, and butter to pan: Stir and cover let cook until all is heated. Stir again and you’re ready to serve!
This is such a hearty meal it is wonderful on its own, but is also nice when accompanied by crackers or biscuits. One of my Husbands and my Parents favorite meals in my repertoire it’s easy to make and only takes about 30 minutes to complete. It’s a wonderful recipe for feeding a crowd, though if you plan on serving more than 4 guests I would recommend doubling the batch.