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New England-style clam chowder

The New England clam chowder gets a modern makeover as this year marks our 50th birthday. There are many varieties of chowder in the US, but the New England style is a favourite. Crackers can be crumbled in to thicken it, or you can just dip them in as you go.

You'll need

40 gm butter, coarsely chopped 200 gm rindless bacon, chopped 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 1 onion, finely chopped 120 ml dry white wine 1 kg clams, soaked in cold water for 1 hour to remove grit 750 ml (3 cups) chicken stock 750 gm Desiree potatoes (about 3), quartered and thickly sliced 125 ml (½ cup) pouring cream 1 dried bay leaf 2 skinless bream fillets (400gm), pin-boned and cut into 3cm-4cm pieces 12 scallops, white muscle trimmed 2 tbsp coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus extra to serve Saltine crackers, to serve


  • 01
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over high heat. Add bacon, celery and onion, and sauté until vegetables are softened (about 10 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, bring wine to the boil in a separate large saucepan, add clams, cover with a lid and cook, shaking pan occasionally, until the clams open (2-3 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve, set clams aside to cool briefly and add cooking liquid to the bacon mixture along with the stock. Remove the clam meat from most of the shells, reserving a few in their shells for garnish.
  • 03
  • Bring stock mixture to the boil over mediumhigh heat, add potato, cream and bay leaf, and simmer uncovered until potato is tender, coarsely breaking it up with a wooden spoon towards the end of cooking (15-20 minutes). Add bream, reduce heat to medium and simmer chowder uncovered until bream is almost cooked through (4-5 minutes). Add scallops and simmer until almost cooked (1 minute), then stir in parsley and reserved clams and clam meat and season to taste. Scatter with extra parsley and serve hot with saltine crackers for dipping or breaking into chowder.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

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Aug 2016

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