Not sure if it was hurricane Irene passing through New York that evening or the realisation that August was almost over and I still hadn’t made it to the shore, but that warm and homey chowder just seemed like the perfect antidote to a dark and stormy Saturday night.
A fresh and light take on this New England summer staple, the below recipe is surprisingly easy to make.
Clam and Corn Chowder adapted from Gourmet Magazine 3 bacon slices, cut crosswise into thin strips 1 bunch scallions (5 or 6) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 2 cups corn (from about 4 ears) 1 pound boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice 1/2 cup water 2 pounds small hard-shelled clams, well scrubbed 1 cup whole milk 1/2 cup heavy cream
Cook bacon in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot over medium heat, stirring, until slightly browned but not crisp. Chop white and pale green parts of scallions (reserve greens) and add to bacon along with 1 tablespoon butter. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes.
Stir in corn, potatoes, clam juice, water, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and bring to a rolling boil, uncovered.
Add clams and return to a boil, then simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until clams are just opened wide, 5 to 8 minutes (discard any clams that remain unopened after 8 minutes).
Chop 1/2 cup scallion greens and add to chowder along with milk, cream, and remaining tablespoon butter. Cook, stirring, until heated through (do not let boil). Season with salt and pepper.
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