Monday, March 1, 2010

Best Ever Clam Chowder

My own recipe. One of my family's favorites.

1 cup onions, finely chopped
3 cups potatoes, cut into bite-sized cubes
1 cup celery, finely diced
2 – 6 oz. cans chopped clams (reserve juice)
3/4 cup flour
¾ cup butter
1 quart half & half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 - 2 tablespoons sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. thyme
pinch nutmeg
¼ tsp. pepper
4 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled (optional)
1 cup grated cheese (optional)

Pour juice from clams over vegetables. Add enough water to barely cover and simmer until barely tender.

In meantime, over medium heat, melt butter in a saucepan. Add flour and stir until completely mixed. Add the half and half and stir with a wire whip. Cook over low heat until thick. Add the vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, thyme and nutmeg.

Add vegetables (don't drain off the water) and the clams. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Top each serving of chowder with the crumbled bacon and grated cheese.