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My First Attempt At Homemade Clam Chowder With Sourdough Garlic Bread

Updated on March 2, 2015

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Clam Chowder was always a very scary thing to me. I never truly believed that I could recreate something that I loved so much.

I have always loved clam chowder. Whenever I have a bowl it always brings me back to the ocean. The waves crashing against the sandy beaches. The gulls calling out their cries. The feeling of the sand squishing between my toes as I race the rushing water up the shore as it threatens to soak the bottom of my crudely rolled up jeans. The smell of the saltiness that hangs in the air, so special in it's uniqueness to that place. No matter how far away I am from the coast, a nice hot bowl of clam chowder always brings me back there. And that's fantastic!

As much as I've loved clam chowder I have always wanted to make it from scratch even more! It's an intimidating thing, making clam chowder, but I don't know why. It's such a delicious soup with so many layers of flavor. The thought of trying to develop those flavors has always excited me, but just as much so, scared me, nay, TERRIFIED me.

My husband is not a fan of seafood so I've always used that as an excuse to not try. It was my rock to hide behind. My blanket to cower under in the darkness of that fear. So, when he had to go away for work training I decided that it was time. No more excuses. I can do this! I am woman, hear me roar! Or, you know, soup. It was time. I was finally ready.

My First Clam Chowder With Sourdough Garlic Bread

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 12 heaping bowls.

Ingredients (To me, cooking is like a dance. Amounts don't always have to be exact. If you want to add or subtract amounts or ingredients, most of the time, tha

  • Around 6 Slices Bacon
  • 1 Onion, I used white, but you can use any type you like.
  • 4 Potatos, I used russet but you can use whatever type you like.
  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • Around 2 Cups Frozen Sweet Corn
  • 2 Cans Chopped Clams, Undrained.
  • Around 1 Cup Flour
  • Around 2 Cups Chicken Broth, You may need to add more if your soup is too thick.
  • Around 2 Cups Half And Half, You may need more if your soup is too thick or not as creamy as you want.
  • Around 3 Sprigs Fresh Dill
  • To Taste Salt
  • To Taste Pepper

The Great How To Make Clam Chowder

  1. Chop up the bacon and get it going in a hot stock pot.
  2. Peel and dice the onion, adding it to the bacon. Stir every once in a while.
  3. Dice the potatoes and celery, then add them to the pot along with the undrained cans of clams.
  4. Let it all cook for a bit until all of the bacon is cooked through (but not crispy) and then add around a cup of flour. You can add more or less flour depending on how thick you want the soup.
  5. Let the flour cook in to the mixture, stirring frequently.
  6. Add chicken broth slowly as you stir it in.
  7. Add half and half slowly as you stir it in.
  8. If the soup is still too thick for your liking you can add more half and half, more chicken broth, or both. If it tastes too creamy, add more broth. If it's not creamy enough, add more half and half. It will still continue to thicken a little as you cook.
  9. Add the leafy parts of the dill by pulling them off of the stem and into the pot.
  10. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook, stirring frequently, until the potatoes are tender and to your liking.
  11. Pour in bowl, pair with sourdough bread, garnish with dill if you like, and enjoy!

The Great How To Make Sourdough Garlic Bread Wedges

1. Cut Sourdough bread into wedge shapes.

2. Melt butter.

3. Brush butter onto bread.

4. Sprinkle with garlic salt.

5. Bake at 350 degrees on cookie sheet until the bread reaches your satisfied level of crunchiness.

6. Devour.

Turns out, making clam chowder is super easy, fun, AND it's delicious!

This was a very empowering experience for me. I know how silly that might sound, but anytime we challenge ourselves and step outside of our comfort zones, no matter how small of a thing it may seem, we are working towards a better us. A happier us. A stronger us. I was the only one holding me back, and once I let myself try, I mastered. Go forth, Fellow Humans! Conquer those fears!!! You can do it! I believe in you!


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      Angel Van Atta 3 years ago from Delhi, California

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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      crystal 3 years ago

      Looks delicious and I can't wait to make some now