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HAMPTON CLAM CHOWDER CONTESSA

East Hampton Clam Chowder Copyright 2002, Barefoot Contessa Family Style, All Rights Reserved
See this recipe on air Sunday Aug. 26 at 10:00 AM ET/PT.

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, divided
2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
2 cups medium-diced celery (4 stalks)
2 cups medium-diced carrots (6 carrots)
4 cups peeled medium-diced boiling potatoes (8 potatoes)
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 quart (4 cups) clam juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
3 cups chopped fresh chowder clams (1 1/2 pounds shucked clams)

Melt 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) of the butter in a large heavy-bottomed stockpot. Add the onions and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until translucent. Add the celery, carrots, potatoes, thyme, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 more minutes. Add the clam juice, bring to a boil, and simmer, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
In a small pot, melt the remaining 8 tablespoons of butter and whisk in the flour. Cook over very low heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in a cup of the hot broth and then pour this mixture back into the cooked vegetables. Simmer for a few minutes until the broth is thickened.

Add the milk and clams and heat gently for a few minutes to cook the clams. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve hot.

YOU COULD CERTAINLY USE ANY WHITE LFISH INSTEAD OF CLAMS

Recipe Summary SOME BACON PLUS THE FAT WITH THE BUTTER WOUL Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 20 minutes BE GOOD. ALSO STEP UP THE SEASONINGS A BIT
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
User Rating: No Rating

Episode#: IG0903
Copyright © 2006 Television Food Network, G.P., All Rights Reserved

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