Manhattan Clam Chowder--using fresh clams
This is a fresh tasting chowder with a rich tomato base. Many rounds of testing were done to get this right!
Manhattan Clam Chowder
No one really knows how this red chowder got its name, but its tomato base and other savory flavors offer a tangy variation to cream-based New England clam chowder. Serve with pilot crackers or toasted garlic bread.
1/2 cup water or red wine
5 lbs clams, such as manila or littleneck
3 slices bacon, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium celery rib, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
3 cups tomato juice
2 cups waxy potatoes, such as thin-skinned red or white, peeled and diced small
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1. Heat the water or red wine in a large saucepot over medium-high heat. Add the clams, cover, and cook until the clams have opened, 5 to 10 minutes depending upon the size of the clams. Remove the clams from the pot, discarding any that are unopened, and remove the clams from the shells. Coarse chop the clams and set aside. Strain the clam liquor through cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel to remove sand, and set aside.
2. Fry the bacon over medium-high heat in a large soup pot or saucepan until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Add the onions, celery, and carrot and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
3. Add tomato juice, potatoes, clam liquor, tomatoes, bay leaf, salt, thyme, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
4. Add the clams and c ook for 2-3 more minutes. Remove the bay leaf and add the parsley. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Serve hot.
Easy Manhattan Clam Chowder. To make Manhattan Clam Chowder with canned clams instead of fresh, replace the fresh clams with 4 (7-ounce) cans chopped clams. Drain the canned clams, reserving the clam liquor, and complete the recipe as directed.