In San Francisco at the Fisherman's Wharf we couldn't get over the lovely looking seafood prepared in the open on Pier 39. There were aisles and counters of all kinds.....
We sat in an open-air restaurant and had a bowl of clam chowder. Some people ordered clam chowder in a bread bowl. One thing we found that every restaurant presented the meal with a fabulous sour dough bread. California sure has the best sour dough bread!! We are "bread people" Marc and I. *lol*.
So when we saw the wonderful bread they brought to us we passed on the bread bowl and ordered ours in a regular bowl. Here Marc is enjoying his soup while we were on vacation. He has a bit of a windblown look. It was a windy day. *s*.
Since coming home a week ago Friday I've made clam chowder twice. Once for Geoff and I and the other time last night when Janet came over for dinner. Marc was at work so I made it without telling him. It was a nice surprise for him and he said it was yummy. I forgot to take pictures while I was making it but here it is all all complete. The recipe I used is below.
Clam Chowder Recipe
2 6.5 oz cans of baby clams, drained (keep the liquid aside)
1 small bottle clam juice
3 medium potates, peels and chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 stalk celery, sliced thin
2 slices bacon
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk (I've used 1% and 2% and both worked great)
1/2 cup half and half cream
1/2 tsp pepper (or to taste)
1/3 tsp dried thyme
In a large sauce pan fry the bacon until its crispy. Place on paper towel to absorb grease and then crunch it and place in separate little container.
Drain bacon grease from pan except for 1 tablespoon. Add the onions, celery, potatoes, thyme, pepper and the bottle of clam juice. Stir and bring that to a boil, lower temperature and cover cooking the potatoes until they are done. Stir periodically. Mash most of the potatoes with a spoon against the wall of the saucepan.
In a large measuring cup add the milk, cream and flour and stir to mix. Slowly add that to the mixture in the saucepan. Stir until it has thickened. Add the clams and stir for a few minutes until it has heated throughout. I additionally added some of the drained liquid from the clams for added taste. Easy isn't it? And it IS very yummy. mmmmm....
Serve in cup or bowl and sprinkle crumbled bacon into each cup. Enjoy......
Have a lovely day... Judi xoxo