No-Holds-Barred Clam or Fish Chowder

Makes 4 servings

Time: 30 minutes

This becomes corn chowder simply by substituting one (or more) cups of fresh corn kernels for the clams or fish. Better still; just add some fresh corn along with the fish. I sometimes use flour in this recipe, simply because most people are used to very thick chowders; but it isn't necessary.

4 to 6 slices good bacon (about � lb), minced

1 C minced onion

2 C peeled & roughly chopped baking potatoes

2 T flour (optional)

1 t fresh thyme leaves or � t dried thyme

2 C any chicken or fish stock, augmented by as much juice as you can salvage when opening the clams

Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 C milk

1 C heavy cream or half-and-half or more milk

24 hard-shell clams, shucked; or about 1 pint shucked clams, cut up if very large, with their juice; or about 2 C diced or chunked fresh delicate white fish, such as cod

1 T butter

Minced fresh parsley leaves for garnish

  1. Fry the bacon in a large, deep saucepan or casserole over
  medium-high heat until crisp.  Remove with a slotted spoon and cook
  the onion and potatoes in the bacon fat until the onion softens, 10


  Sprinkle with the optional flour and the thyme and stir.  Add the
  stock and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.  (You
  may prepare the soup in advance up to this point.  Cover, refrigerate
  for up to 2 days, and reheat before proceeding.)
  2. Add salt and pepper, then the milk and cream; add the clams or fish
  and bring barely to a simmer over low heat.  Float the butter on top
  of the chowder; by the time it melts, the clams or fish will be ready.
  Garnish and serve.

Cookbook: How to Cook Everything

Typed by: Susan

Contributed by: Edit

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