Contributed by: NAPSA
Creamy, Quick Clam Chowder Combines Comfort And Convenience (NAPSA) - After a long day, perhaps nothing tastes better than a bowl of hot soup, and no soup may be more comforting than a steaming bowl of creamy clam chowder.
Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), on behalf of the American Butter Institute (ABI), partnered with Haedrich to create a clam chowder recipe that's both comforting and easy to cook at home. By combining convenience goods like canned clams and clam juice with fresh ingredients like all natural butter and vegetables, cooks can make a hearty, homemade chowder in less time.
"While simple and convenient, this recipe meets the three characteristics of a great-tasting chowder: a thick, creamy stock, chunky ingredients and a rich flavor," said Haedrich. "My secret for an extra burst of flavor is to add a tablespoon of butter right before serving."
For a twist on the recipe, try one of these variations:
Crisp-cook the bacon in a skillet. Reserve bacon and transfer 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat to a medium-size soup pot. Crumble the bacon; reserve.
Put the diced potato in a small saucepan and add just enough water to cover; salt lightly. Bring to a simmer, cover, and gently boil potatoes for about 5 minutes, until barely tender. Remove from heat; reserve (do not drain).
Melt 3 tablespoons of butter with the bacon fat over moderate heat. Stir in the onion, celery, and bay leaf. Saute the vegetables for 7 to 8 minutes over moderate heat, stirring often. Add the flour and continue to cook, stirring for 1 minute.
Stir the canned clams (and their juice), clam juice, thyme, and reserved potatoes (and their cooking water) into the pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring often, then add the heavy cream. Heat, then add salt and pepper to taste.
Stir in the remaining tablespoon of butter just before serving. Serve piping hot, garnished with the crumbled bacon. Discard the bay leaf before serving.
Prep time: 10 minutes - Cook time: 25 minutes
Recipe provided by Ken Haedrich on behalf of the American Butter Institute.
Serving Size: Makes About 6 Servings
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