This is one wicked good New England Clam Chowder. It is bursting with comfort and flavor! In honor of National Clam Chowder Day on Feb. 25, this delicious dish and clam-tastic recipe will make you shout loudah for chowdah!
This is not a recipe I grew up with. I have never had New England Clam Chowder until just a few years ago. I think it was an episode of “Best Thing I Ever Ate” on Food Network that convinced me I needed this in my life. They make everything sound so enticing on that show, if you had enough money you would just hop on a plane and fly to the restaurant so you could have it that day (I know that I would). Well that’s me dreaming in fantasy land.
Since I do not have that sort of money, I am stuck making my own stay-at-home adventure in an effort to create this masterpiece dinner I’ve been craving. There’s so many different recipes for New England Clam Chowder. How do I know which one is the perfect one? It’s really hard to know when you don’t have a history with a certain dish. So I’ve taken a couple of my favorite chefs from Food Network both from New York and kinda put them together. So parts are from Alex Guarnaschelli and parts are from Anne Burrell.
It’s your preference for the actual clams, though they recommend little neck or cherry stone clams, I used razor clams, frozen clam meat, and canned clams. Personally, I think they’re all pretty good. Not everyone has access to real clams. So I guess it depends on where you are and how deep are your pockets. This time around I used both 1 small bag of frozen razor clams and canned clams. I added the can because there’s really not much clam meat in those little shells and I’m nowhere near the ocean, and sadly there are no clams in the Mississippi River, which is right down the road from my house.
We were able to find the sourdough bowls at the store, but you can just use bowls and have some garlic bread on the side. But we love the bread bowls so much we don’t even shop for the ingredients for clam chowder until we have bread bowls in our hands. Maybe one day I’ll attempt making the bowls too, so I don’t have to hunt them down any longer.
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