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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mom's Clam Chowder

Oh, Winter-day goodness! I can't think of a more comforting food (and if it's complemented with a pan of sweet cornbread, so much the better).  Thanks to my Mommy for always making the creamiest comfort food on cold days!

 There are two things that set this clam chowder apart: the bacon and the red wine vinegar. Bacon needs no explanation, but that splash of red wine vinegar at the end adds so much zest . . . it livens up all the flavors and turns a delicious, hearty chowder into something worth sharing with your friends (or everyone on the World Wide Web).

I usually add more vegetables than it calls for.  Five small potatoes
made about three cups worth.
If you don't have celery . . . don't bother making this.
Cast-iron skillet: accept no substitutions.
Drained clam juice and drained bacon "juice" . . . not for vegetarians :)
Add the chopped veggies to the mixture, then add water
until the vegetables are just covered.
Start the roux: thoroughly mix flour with melted butter and
then add a quart of half and half (I often use a half-cup
of butter & flour instead of 3/4 cups)
Whisk the roux while the vegetables are getting tender
The difference between so-so clam chowder and the last
clam chowder recipe you'll ever need.
After you add the roux to the veggies, add the chopped, cooked
bacon and clams, then that essential splash of vinegar. 
Serve immediately.
We had this chowder on a day when the HIGH was one degree.
ONE.  The low was in the negative twenties.  It really was the
best possible dinner, and we sopped it up with sweet cornbread.

3 comments:

  1. I'm sorry, but you lost me at 'drain clam juice over the bacon fat'. Still, I LOVE the cute clip art of the clams. Your cards are adorable, even for vegetarians who only like CORN chowder.

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    1. Haha! You are a true friend to even read this recipe card, my dearest Veget-Erin!

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  2. Oh how i love this recipe! I made clam chowder numerous times for my family and they ate it with kind faces, but then i made this recipe...... they are in love with clam chowder. It really isnt the most healthy, but it tastes so good on those cold idaho days with homeade rolls. Yummy Yum Bec!

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Welcome to BexBox! I hope you enjoy using my recipe cards as much as I enjoy making them.