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Shellfish Chowder With Fresh Thyme


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  • 2 cans chopped clams - (6 1/2 oz ea) with juices
  • 3 ounces salt pork cut 1/3" pieces
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound red-skinned potatoes unpeeled, and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf broken in half
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 10 ounces bay scallops
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground white pepper
  • Salt to taste


Servings 10


Step 1

Drain clams, reserving juices. Sauté salt pork in heavy large pot over medium heat until golden, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer pork to paper towels.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat from pot. Add onion to pot; sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add flour; stir 1 minute. Gradually mix in water and clam juices. Bring to boil, stirring often. Add potatoes, thyme and bay leaf.

Reduce heat; cover pot and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill chowder, clams and salt pork separately. Bring chowder to simmer before continuing.)

Add milk to chowder and bring to simmer, stirring occasionally. Add scallops and reserved clams and simmer until scallops are opaque, about 2 minutes. Season with white pepper and salt. Ladle chowder into bowls. Garnish with salt pork.

This recipe yields 10 servings.

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