Best Clam Chowder Recipe - EASY!
Clam Chowder For The Holidays - A Christmas Favorite!
My Family's Favorite Clam Chowder Recipe
I have been making my family's favorite Clam Chowder recipe, every Christmas Eve, for well over 30 years now. Each year I ask my family what they would like for Christmas eve this year? Without fail, they insist on my traditional Christmas Eve Clam Chowder, with their grandma's Skaggs homemade rolls!
Well, as life goes -- time passes, and now a few of my children are now married, with families of their own. Unfortunately, they aren't all able to make it home for Christmas Eve Clam Chowder with the rest of the family. So, because they have requested my Clam Chowder recipe, and others - I have decided to post them here.
Christmas is a wonderful holiday, and the foods that we grow up with are powerful in creating our positive memories of these special times. Just as I brought with me, when I married and left home, a few of those special recipes from my own mother -- - my daughters desire to do the same.
The funny thing is, that I feel better knowing that we are all cooking the same recipes, and enjoying them with family -- even though we can't all be together in the same place.
This Christmas Eve, my heart will feel a closeness to my daughters who are away this year -- because I know that we will all be enjoying those activities and recipes that we all grew up together doing.
No doubt, phone calls will pass back and forth, with questions about this recipe or that recipe that I have shared with them. We will all report our successful Christmas Eve Clam Chowder - that will have had the power to connect us through our own familial traditions!
Clam Chowder - It's All In The Presentation....
New England Clam Chowder Recipe - EASY!
This really is the BEST Christmas Clam Chowder recipe that you can find. It is simple, thus it lends itself to much variation.
2-3 small cans of minced clams (chopped are okay, too)
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup finely chopped onions
2 cups chopped potatoes (bite size)
Drain the juices from the clams into a big pot and add just enough water to barely cover all vegetable. (reserve clams) Cover and simmer for approximately 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
While your vegetables are simmering, you will make a white sauce...
Basic White Sauce
3/4 cup margarine or butter
3/4 cup flour 1/2 tsp. sugar (optional)
1quart half and half
1-1/2 tsp salt pepper to taste (If you are fussy, you can use white pepper)
Melt butter in saucepan. Whisk in the flour.... and then add all of the half and half. You will continually stir this at a medium heat, until it thickens. (Please be patient with your white sauce, and don't turn the heat up, too high.)
Add the White Sauce to the cooked vegetables - add clams and stir to eat!
Note: You can add many variations to this Clam Chowder recipe; serve with crumbled bacon, chives, parsley, etc... You might even try adding corn. You can also chop your vegetables a bit more chunky, if you prefer a chunky chowder. I always found with my young children, that finely chopping the veggies was the best way to prepare the chowder, to their liking:-)