Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Clam Chowdah

So it is getting cold up here. Fall has officially arrived, y'all. Perfect weather for chowders, soups and stews, though. I decided last night to play around and make up my own recipe for clam chowder that was not quite as heavy as typical. And not to toot my own horn, but toot toot baby! This was mmmmmm good! And easy as all get out. I actually think I used more fat free half and half than what I said below, but you should start with that amount and add more as you see fit. If you love a chunky monkey filled with goodies clam chowdah, enjoy! I promise you cannot tell that it only has 1/2 cup of heavy cream. All the flavor but waaay less fat.

Clam Chowder


- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 large potatoes, cubed
- 20 baby carrots, chopped
- 1-2 ears of fresh corn, corn cut off ear
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 can chopped clams
- 2 cans whole clams
- 2 bottles clam juice
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 3-4 cups fat free half and half
- 3 tablespoons butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch


Saute onion in butter until it become translucent. Add in potatoes and carrots. Add everything except cornstarch. Simmer for about 45 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Take a ladle of liquid and mix with cornstarch in small dish. Add back to pot of soup.

Serve with salad and fresh bread.

Speaking of fresh bread, I found this fabulous blog the other day. What better to compliment a big bowl of chowdah on a cool fall night than a loaf of fresh bread. Y'all need to try this recipe! It was so easy and finally gave me a reason to use the dough hook attachment that came with my stand mixer. Her recipe instructs you to turn the dough out on a floured surface. But I used a wide bowl, left the dough in the bowl and just kneaded it in there. No need for extra flour in my case. Which to me means less mess. I love that! Anyway, please try her bread recipe. Even if you think that you can only make toast. I promise you can make this. It really is super easy. Just think of how great your toast will taste the next morning!


Suzanne said...

Yum, I love a good chowder! Thanks for sharing!

Rachel H. said...

Sounds awesome!! I've got to try it ASAP!!

Properties of Merit said...

Yum! I am going to try this great recipe. I LOVE clam chowder!

Hollie and Janie said...

OMG! That sounds so yummy!! That bread looks amazing!!
I'm going to the UGA game this weekend! Go Dawgs!!

Lexilooo said...

oooooh, I need to try this recipe! clam chowdah is one of my most favorite things evah!

Norah said...

Thank you for leaving a comment and for talking about my blog! I look forward to reading your blog in the future.

What Kate Wore said...

I used to make clam chowder a lot, and after seeing yours I want to go back to making it - it looks yumalicious! (Not to mention the bread, wow.)

Thanks for posting this and sharing the link Miss Crocodile!

Elliott said...

So this is a stupid question - do you think this recipe would work with mussels instead of clams? My hubby doesn't eat clams but this recipe looks too delicious to pass up!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Elliott- it would be fantastic with mussels or any seafood really. I recently had a chowder with crab and scallops. And tasted another with big chunks of fish- though I forgot to ask what kind of fish stayed that firm yet tasted tender. But I say go for it!

Sarah said...

You can say that again- fall is HERE. Its been freezing cold (okay not literally-YET!) the past week. Makes me want to cuddle up inside with a good book and a couple of lit candles!

Polka Dots & Protein Bars said...

I ADORE clam chowder. Yum yum yum!

BrnEyedGal said...

That does sound so good since it is a chilly 50-60 degrees today!!!

And the bread recipe I'll check out too...Yummmm.

Have a great day... :)


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