Clam Chowder

Now that we have cable, I’ve been watching a LOT of the Food network. My favorite shows are Good Eats (love AB!), Ace of Cakes, and Barefoot Contessa. I saw an episode called “Girls that Grill” and she made some amazing looking clam chowder. I’ve never made clam chowder, but saved the recipe as a favorite and planned to make it sometime this month.

What do you know, Dori blogged about the exact same chowder 2 days later. We must have seen the same episode. I followed her lower-fat version for my chowder and it was delicious. I served with a crusty bread and it was amazing. I will definitely be making this again! I bought the pre-cut tubs of clams from the seafood department at our grocery store. They looked like they had a lot of liquid in them, but they did not. I finished off the 4 cups with some chicken stock. Definitely next time, I’ll be sure to get clam juice.

East Hampton Clam Chowder (recipe from Dori – original recipe from Food Network) – makes ~10 servings10 tablespoons light butter, divided
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
1 1/2 cups medium-diced celery (4-5 medium stalks)
1 1/2 cups medium-diced carrots (2 large carrots)
4 cups peeled medium-diced Yukon Gold potatoes (4 large potatoes) – I used 1 pkg mini-Yukon Gold potatoes and left the skin on
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups clam juice
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups low-fat 2% milk – I used Silk Soymilk3 cups fresh, chopped clam strips (approx. 1 1/2 pounds)

Melt 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) of the butter in a large heavy-bottomed stockpot. Add the onions and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until translucent. Add the celery, carrots, potatoes, thyme, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 more minutes. Add the clam juice, bring to a boil, and simmer, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

In a small pot, melt the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter and whisk in the flour. Cook over very low heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in a cup of the hot broth from the pot and then pour this mixture back into the cooked vegetables. Simmer for a few minutes until the broth is thickened.

Add the milk and clams and heat gently for a few minutes to cook the clams. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Yields 10-12 servings (1 serving = 1 heaping 1/2 cup)

WW info: 4 points per serving.

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8 Responses to “Cilantro Chicken Burgers”

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    Jenny — March 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I’m planning to make these tonight! They sound so good!

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    Momma Bean — March 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I love anything with cilantro in it! Thanks!

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    Brisbane Baker — March 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    WOW, what a great combo! I will definitely be trying these some time soon!

    Check me out!

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    yumventures — March 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I love Cara’s blog too! These look delish, I love the drunken peppers too!

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    Cara — March 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, the drunken peppers sound like such a nice touch! These could easily evolve into Cuervo & Carona burgers – catchy, right?!

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    Suzi — March 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    These look really yummy! You mentioned tequila but it doesn’t appear in the recipe… I definitely want to try these, but I need to know how much tequila to use because, well, not having tequila is not a problem in my house, haha!

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    Jen — March 28, 2010 at 4:01 am


    The original recipe from Cara’s blog uses Tequila. I didn’t have any in the house, so the recipe I posted is the adaptation that I made instead. Click here to see Cara’s original version.

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    aimeeher — April 1, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I was just wondering if it mattered what type of oatmeal we used in the recipe. Instant, slow cooking?

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