Friday, December 9, 2011

You're going to want this chowder nowder.

SO. Last night I made absolutely delicious clam chowder, recipe courtesy of my boyfriend's mom, Terry. We giggle because every time you ask Terry for a recipe she gushes that "it's so easy!", but it's true! Delicious and easy? Yes, please.

What is this magical recipe? It is this! Terry, if you're reading, I upped the veggies and added a couple little things. And you're right; it is PHENOMENAL.

CLAM CHOWDER

4 slices bacon, chopped (optional), or 4 TBSP real crumbled bacon bits (so easy, do it.)
3 cans (6 ½ oz) whole shelled clams
OR 2 cans (10 oz) whole baby clams
3 TBSP butter
½ cup celery, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
3 green onions with tops, chopped
2.5 cups of potatoes, chopped pretty small (¼ to 3/8” cubes)
4 TBSP flour
4 cups milk (I used 2%)
2 tsp hot sauce (I was out of Tabasco so I used Frank's, haha)
salt
pepper
paprika/chili powder
fresh parsley (optional)

If you're using real bacon, saute bacon in dutch oven until crisp; pour off drippings. Set aside. Drain clams, reserving the liquid; set clams aside. Add clam juice, butter, and vegetables to bacon. If you're just using the bacon bits from the envelope like I did, just add those in to the clam juice and butter after you throw in the veggies, of course skip the saute the bacon step. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce
heat and simmer 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Combine flour and milk; stir until flour is
dissolved. Add milk, clams, hot sauce, salt and pepper to soup mixture. Cook over medium heat,
stirring constantly until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle each serving with paprika and garnish with
parsley, if desired. Yield: 8 cups.

Mine yielded more like 13-14 cups. If you make it this way the whole pot is 1700 calories, so it's surprisingly low-cal for how filling and amazing it is. You'll maybe need 3 cups if you're starving (as my mom would say) so that's like 375 calories per big serving.

Now, the very sad thing is that on Wednesday my migraine came on just as I had started to drink a latte, and last night my migraine came on right after dinner. So I'm going to go dairy-free for a month and see if that helps; I know you can develop new food allergies at random points of your life, and dairy is apparently a big one for migraines.

Who wants to come help Joseph finish off the amazing leftovers?? Not tomorrow night; for our Christmas presents to each other Joseph and I are going out to Trio for dinner and then to see the Nutcracker. Sunday I'm free until 8 p.m., though :)

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