Who says that chowder is only for summer time? Chowder can be just as great if not even better in the Fall & Winter months. It will warm you up and leave you quite satisfied being a hearty soup if you will. Here is a recipe I found that is both easy to make and tasty.
Maine Clam Chowder Recipe
•5 cups bottled clam juice
•1 cup of flour
•1 cup onion, finely diced
•10 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
•2 Tablespoons margarine
•8 oz. of cooked clams, chopped
•4 medium potatoes, cooked and cut in bite sized chunks
•1/2 cup milk
•1/2 cup light cream
•1 teaspoon salt
•freshly ground black pepper
Heat the clam juice in a large saucepan on medium heat. In a separate pan, melt margarine and saute the diced onions until they appear translucent. Add bacon and flour to the melted margarine and stir continuously for 5 minutes. Increase heat on clam juice to medium-high, and, with a wire whisk, add flour, margarine and onion mixture to the liquid. Stir constantly, breaking up any lumps that form. Add clams and stir. Add potato chunks, milk, cream and salt, and continue stirring. Decrease heat to medium-low, and allow chowder to simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning or sticking.
Serve clam chowder hot with oyster crackers, adding freshly ground black pepper to taste.
If fresh clams are not available, substitute six ounces of canned clams, including the juice.