Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Clam Chowder!

Now that the weather is starting to turn a little chilly, I think it is the perfect time for soup! I love this Clam Chowder recipe. It's one that was published in my home ward's Relief Society Cookbook. It is absolutely delicious! I'm told that you need to use the red wine vinegar and not to substitute any other kind-don't know why, but apparently it makes a difference.

Clam Chowder
(Sorry, it's not the greatest picture!-I forgot the flash!....Actually it's a really horrible picture!!)
1 cup onion, diced finely
1 cup celery, chopped finely
2 cups potatoes (I use more-about 5 or 6 potatoes)
2 cans clams
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
3/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup flour
1 qt. half & half
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper

Put all vegetables in a pot. Add enough water to cover. Drain clams into the vegetables and add the vinegar. Simmer until tender. In a separate pan, melt butter and then add the flour. Pour the half & half slowly while stirring constantly with a wire wisk. Add to the vegetables and heat through, but do not boil.

I've also just used whole milk instead of half & half and it still is good. If made with margarine and whole milk the caloric value is about 150 calories for 1 cup of soup! So eat up!


Unknown said...

FYI: Don't add the clams until just before serving as they get tough when cooked too long or boiled. They only need to be warmed up in the chowder.

Jana said...

Thanks Mom...I LOVE this recipe and I hate tough clams! Thanks for the warning!

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