Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl

During the colder winter months, I stay warm by embracing warm soups and hot drinks. When I spotted sourdough bread bowls at one of my go-to grocery sources, I knew it as a sign telling me I needed to make clam chowder. I had always envisioned clam chowder as a difficult recipe to tackle, but using canned clams made this one of the easier meals I've made. And it's delicious!

The next time you see bread bowls for sale at your grocery store, take that as your sign to make clam chowder. (Maybe one day I'll learn to make homemade bread bowls. Maybe.)

From Dave Lieberman
Yield: 4 servings
Cooking Time: about 30 minutes


2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 celery stalks, trimmed, quartered lengthwise, then sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 10 oz. cans chopped clams in juice
1 cup heavy cream
2 bay leaves
1 pound potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Sourdough bread bowls (I purchased mine at Costco)


Heat the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery and saute until softened, about 5-8 minutes, mixing often. Stir in the flour to distribute evenly. Add the stock, juice from 2 cans of chopped clams (reserve the clams), cream, bay leaves, and potatoes and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, stirring consistently, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook 20 minutes, stirring often until potatoes are nice and tender. Then add clams and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook until clams are just firm, about 2 minutes.


Laurie said...

yum! my husband loves clam chowder and bread bowls, so this would be a winning combination for sure. i can't wait to try out the recipe!

have a great day!

Alynne Leigh said...

MmMmMm! (:
THIS looks delicious!
Maybe I'll make it for dinner?
Pfah. I can't cook.
I'll just look at yours, instead.


Beth @ the city said...

yum! this is the perfect combo... bread + homemade soup!

Vittoria @ The Beautiful Things said...


Justine said...

YUMM!! This looks sooo yummy =)