I’ve been craving clam chowder for weeks now. Finally, last weekend I decided to make some and wow did it turn out great! I looked through several recipes online and none of them fit exactly what I was looking for.
Everytime I’ve gotten clam chowder when I go out to eat I end up getting a bowl of mostly soup juice. There’s a couple potatoes in it and clams here and there but not much at all.
Sometimes you get lucky though and it’s incredibly creamy making up for the lack of ingredients…almost.
Finally, I decided I would make my own homemade clam chowder to see how it compared to the bowls I’d been buying.
It’s been almost a month since I purchased the ingredients and now I actually used them.
It took some time to come up with a recipe I liked. I ended up starting with this one here and changing it to fit what I wanted.
Every bowl was filled with potatoes, celery, and clams. It tasted incredible!
So let’s get to it! Here are all the ingredients you’ll be needing.
Incredibly Creamy Homemade Clam Chowder
Amazingly creamy homemade clam chowder filled with the best mixture of potatoes, celery, clams, and more that you'll ever find.
Start first by cutting up everything that'll be going into your soup. Dice the onion, celery, and potatoes, and put them each into separate bowls.
Add the bacon slices to a frying pan and cook until they're extra crispy. Once they're done, put them onto a plate with a paper towel over it to soak up excess grease.
Add the diced onions and minced garlic to the frying pan used to cook the bacon and cook them until the onions start becoming soft. (I cooked mine about 10 minutes covered with a lid and stirring every three minutes)
Add the diced celery to the pan and mix it in with the onions and garlic. Again cook for about 10 minutes.
While those are cooking, get the next couple ingredients ready to put in. You'll need thyme, flour, clam juice (not the clams), hot water, chicken base, and milk all ready to go.
Mix the chicken base and hot water together in a separate cup.
When the celery is nice and tender, add in the tsp of ground thyme and stir it in real good for about a minute.
Add in the flour and again stir it for just over a minute until the flour starts to turn brown.
Slowly stir in the milk, followed by the chicken base mixture, then the clam juice.
Crush the bay leaves and add them to the pan. Stir everything for about 2-3 minutes.
Add the diced potatoes (with the peelings still on for more flavor), and bring everything to a boil.
It shouldn't take long at all to boil then, once it does, reduce the heat to low and let everything simmer until the potatoes are nice and soft. (About 15-20 min).
Stir in the heavy cream and add the clams. I would again bring it to a boil so that the clams are heated all the way through.
Salt and Pepper the soup to taste and you're ready to go!
Dish out the soup and serve it while it's still hot. Have the saltines or oyster crackers ready to go!
If you wish, you can garnish the soup with the bacon crisps you made, a small amount of cheese, and 1/4-1/2 Tsp of Chia Seeds. Add these to each dish individually as you don't want the chia seeds sitting in the main pan for too long...or the cheese for that matter!
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