Secret Ingredient Clam Chowder

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"A clam chowder recipe with an unusual ingredient, from Real Simple! Instead of seafood stock, the soup gets its rich flavor from dried shrimp. You can find them in the international aisle of the supermarket, or any Asian or Hispanic grocer. Look for the brightest orange ones you can find; they’ll have the freshest flavor. For a different, but tasty, flavor profile - try using fresh shrimp instead of the clams."

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (591.1 g)
  • Calories 521.6
  • Total Fat - 17.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 128.6 mg
  • Sodium - 2733.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 32.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 10.4 g
  • Protein - 55.8 g
  • Calcium - 350.2 mg
  • Iron - 5.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 10.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Bring milk, shrimp, and bay leaves just to a boil in a saucepan over high. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard shrimp and bay leaves.

Step 2

Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels; reserve drippings in Dutch oven.

Step 3

Cook leeks in hot drippings, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add wine, and bring to a boil. Boil until liquid is reduced to about 2 tablespoons, 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 4

Whisk together flour and water, and stir into wine mixture in Dutch oven. Stir in milk-shrimp stock, diced potato, celery, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 5

Add clams; cover and simmer until clams open, 6 to 8 minutes. Discard any clams that do not open. Spoon into bowls, and top with cooked bacon and chives.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.