Northwest Clam Chowder

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Northwest Clam Chowder
Serves 2-4 People

Items You Will Need
1 Pound Manila Clams (wash shells thoroughly)
1 Cup Clam Meat (Whole or Chopped)
2 Cups Clam Juice
2 Cups Russet Potatoes, Diced 3/8” (Approximately 1 large Potato)
½ Cup Yellow Onion, Diced
½ Cup Celery, Diced
¼ Cup Carrot, Diced
2 Strips Bacon, Thick Cut (cut into 3/8” strips)
1 Cup Heavy Cream
1 TBSP Whole Butter
½ Cup White Wine, Dry
½ tsp Kosher Salt
¼ tsp Black Pepper, Freshly Ground
1 tsp Thyme Leaves, Fresh

Accompaniments
Sourdough Bread
Chopped Parsley

    Directions To Make

  • In a medium sauce pot, slowly render the bacon until the fat is cooked out.
  • Add the butter and ensure that the bacon does not over cook.
  • Add the onions and cook until translucent.
  • Add the celery and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the carrots and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the white wine and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the clam juice, bring to a simmer, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the diced potatoes and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the clam meat and bring back to a simmer.
  • Add the salt and pepper and continue to simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the heavy cream, bring back to a simmer, and turn the heat down to low for 10 minutes allowing the liquids to reduce and thicken.
  • Add the fresh thyme leaves and continue to simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes to finish.
    Steps to Plating

    • Separately steam the live manila clams as a garnish. Ladle the soup into the bowl and arrange the clams.
    • Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley. Serve with warm crusty sourdough bread and a glass of dry white wine.

    

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