Whenever my family goes to the beach, they always order a bowl of clam chowder and it usually looks tasty though I generally don’t eat it myself. I’m not a big fan of fish that tastes especially fishy such as shell fish and canned tuna but for some bizarre reason I’ve wanted to make clam chowder lately and eat it too! For some reason, clam chowder just sounded good. I had noticed that clam chowder seems to have a creamy potato soup base so I decided to put together my own clam chowder recipe that leaned heavily on a potato soup base but with the addition of clams. So last month I had my daughter pick up a small packet of baby clams but it wasn’t until this month that I actually made the clam chowder and it was delicious! This is the Easy Clam Chowder recipe I came up with.
Baby clams (small package unless you love the flavor of clams, then use more. I drained the small amount of clam juice out and did not cook with it for a less fishy flavor)
4 to 5 medium-sized potatoes (microwave with their skins on the day before and then refrigerate until ready to use), peeled and diced
6 tablespoons of butter (it won’t taste the same with margarine or oil)
1 medium-sized onion, diced
2 stalks of celery, finely sliced or chopped
1/2 cup finely diced zucchini
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon seasoning
1/2 teaspoon EACH pepper, garlic salt (optional, use to taste)
2 cups milk (use what you have, I used 2%)
1/4 cup dry instant mashed potato flakes (Optional)
Melt half the butter (three tablespoons) in a large pot; add the diced onions, celery and zucchini and sauté until cooked through. Add the chicken bouillon seasoning, the pepper and garlic salt.
Add the rest of the butter and sprinkle the flour on top of the onion, celery and zucchini mixture. Stir the flour into the vegetables. Don’t let the butter burn, slowly add the milk and stir frequently. You may have to adjust the temperature of the stove up a little.
Add the diced potatoes and the clams. Cook, stirring often until it comes to a boil and starts to thicken.
If it is not thick enough for you, you can use the dry mashed potato flakes to thicken the chowder by stirring it into the chowder.
Serves four to five people one bowl of chowder each.
Serve with buttered French bread and call it a meal. Serve it before your fish dinner (broiled salmon, rice pilaf and veggies) and call it an appetizer.