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New Orleans Clam Chowder & Corn Recipe

Updated on February 23, 2011
 New Orleans chowder done & garnished with bacon & fresh chopped parsley.
New Orleans chowder done & garnished with bacon & fresh chopped parsley.
 Here are some of the ingredients, not in the photo is the corn, shrimp, and craw fish.
Here are some of the ingredients, not in the photo is the corn, shrimp, and craw fish.
 Bring the diced potatoes to a boil then simmer about 10 minutes and remove from heat.
Bring the diced potatoes to a boil then simmer about 10 minutes and remove from heat.
 Six slices of bacon starts dish off with plenty of flavor.
Six slices of bacon starts dish off with plenty of flavor.
 Chopped onions & celery done!
Chopped onions & celery done!
 Flour, butter, all spices, minced garlic and hot sauce added, then cooked 2-3 minutes while stirring.
Flour, butter, all spices, minced garlic and hot sauce added, then cooked 2-3 minutes while stirring.
 Ingredients put into dutch oven,stock is added & diced potatoes are added.
Ingredients put into dutch oven,stock is added & diced potatoes are added.
 Shrimp & craw fish tails is why this chowder beats the rest!
Shrimp & craw fish tails is why this chowder beats the rest!
 After adding clams, shrimp, and craw fish, this is how the shrimp should look before adding cheese and cream.
After adding clams, shrimp, and craw fish, this is how the shrimp should look before adding cheese and cream.
 Cream & cheese added.
Cream & cheese added.
 This is the time to taste and make adjustments.
This is the time to taste and make adjustments.
 Get ready for some fine dining!
Get ready for some fine dining!

Comfort food At It's Best!

At our local Cajun eatery I have tried a chowder that combines shrimp, craw fish & clams that really knocks your socks off! It tastes some what like clam chowder but it is so much more complex. It has onions, garlic, celery, corn and even a hint of cheese all tied neatly together with just a hint of New Orleans spice and a dash of heat. I can't think of a better way to spend a dreary winters day or a rainy afternoon than enjoying a warm bowl of this wonderful chowder with a good friend or loved one! So that is the dish I am trying to recreate. I figured bacon, shrimp, craw fish, and clams , even if the spices aren't exact, it has to taste pretty good! Use the freshest ingredients you can, I am going to use frozen craw fish, fresh shrimp and canned clams.

Ingredients

2-Cups diced potatoes

5-Thick slices good quality bacon

11/2- Tablespoon Old Bay seasoning

1/2- Pound peeled, deveined and rinsed shrimp

1- Pound precooked craw fish tails

1-6.5 Ounce can clams

2-Tablespoons butter

1/2-Cup celery chopped

1- Large onion chopped

1-Tablespoon minced garlic

1/2-cup flour

1-Cup corn ( fresh frozen or canned)

3-Cups chicken or seafood stock

2-Cups heavy cream

1/4-Cup chopped parsley

2-Tablespoon Crystal hot sauce

1/4-Teaspoon salt

1/2-Teaspoon ground pepper

1-Cup grated white cheddar cheese

Makes 8 servings

Directions

Begin by boiling 2 cups of diced potatoes then simmer about 10 minutes covered or they are just soft. Then take them off the heat and set aside. Fry the bacon over medium heat. When done remove bacon chop finely and save for garnish. In the bacon drippings, sauté the celery and after about two minutes add the onions and cook until onions are transparent. Add the Old Bay seasonings, 2 tablespoons butter, 4 tablespoons flour, the minced garlic, salt , pepper and 1 tablespoon of Crystal hot sauce. Stir and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add 3 cups of stock, juice from canned clams and bring to a boil. Lower to medium heat and add shrimp, craw fish, clams and corn. After 2-3 minutes add cheese & cream continue to cook on medium, stirring until shrimp is pink about 3-5 minutes. Serve up in bowls and garnish with parsley and finely chopped bacon.

How to adjust thickness of chowder. If the chowder becomes too thick add stock or water until it is the right thickness. If the chowder is too thin, take about half a cup of chowder out of the pan and put it in a bowl. Add up to 4 tablespoons of flour to the chowder, beat it with a fork until all lumps are gone. Return the contents of the bowl back to the pan and simmer it for up to 10 minutes while stirring. Repeat if needed.

Adjusting the heat. The spices in the recipe should be acceptable to most people, if you require more heat a few shakes of Crystal hot sauce should be done on an individual basis.

Not everyone likes cheese in their chowder, so make sure there is a consensus, otherwise it is best to add it on an individual basis. I think that most people that try it like it.


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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks tonymac04, for your kind comments & post! The Cajun women cooks, cook on a larger scale than I am a custom to, I mean any time you use a boat paddle for a spoon....that's big, really big LOL!!

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Man those women sure can cook! Enjoyed that immensely!

      Recipe? You mean there's a recipe here? Musta missed that!

      Just kidding - the recipe looks delicious too!

      Thanks for sharing the fun.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Thanks oceansunsets for your kind words and post! I hope you give this one a try, it tastes better than clam chowder or potato soup, two of my favorites!

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Nifty, this is a recipe I have to try! It looks wonderful, and your hub is amazing. :)

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Thanks katyzzz for your post! If you like potato soup or clam chowder this soup is sure to please!

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      katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Mmmmm, I can taste it and it smells divine.

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Thanks mioluna for your post! Your comments are too kind! After we tried this chowder we knew we had to try to replicate & share it! Share the recipe with your friends in good health!

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      I've just about finished the chowder (with a little help from my wife) and I just don't get tired of eating it! I hope you get to try it Money Glitch, it may become a habit! Thanks for your post!

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      mioluna 7 years ago

      nifty@50 thank you for this incredible recipe. I tried it yesterday - ooooooooh it's delicious!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      O.k. now I just ate before reading this hub. And I'm think if I had the opportunity I would be able to eat a bowl of this New Orleans chowder. Thanks for sharing another one of your wonderful recipes. Rating up and bookmarking. :)

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      You're welcome Peggy W! I hope you'll try this recipe it is what a good Chowder is all about!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh my! Now my mouth is watering! Sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Thanks Mentalist acer for your post! If you like clam or corn chowder or potato soup I think you'll enjoy this chowder.

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Cajun Chowder...an interesting take on something new in Accadian cuisine;)

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Thanks Bail Up! for your post! I hope you'll try this recipe, it tastes great! I like all kinds of chowders, and this one is about the best I've tried.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago

      Just got back New Orleans and already missing the Cajun flavor. Thanks for the recipe, looks pretty amazing!