I’ve been to Boston more times than I can count, (I keep going back) & have had more bowls of chowder than I can even comprehend! I love a thick nourishing stick to your ribs chowder. Nothing gets the chill out, nothing makes you forget about the nastiness of rain when it blows horizontally & without mercy!
I start my chowders with a base of onion, potato, celery, heirloom carrots (about a cup of each, a smallish chop on each, but not too small- all the same size so it cooks evenly). To that I add about a tablespoon of fermented Garlic Flowers (if you can find them- they have wicked flavour- or minced Garlic is good too), fresh thyme & Parsley. Salt & Pepper & Sautée everything together on med high heat in some olive oil for about 15-20 minutes.
Add a good splash of white wine to deglaze the bottom of the pan & to lift up all of those tasty caramelized bits. Let the wine cook off a bit, about 5-10 minutes.
To keep the chowder gluten free I don’t use Flour at this point but add a couple of tablespoons of cornstarch – blend that well with the mixture & let it cook off for a minute or two.
At this point I like to add clam juice (you can find this in most grocery stores where you find canned tuna) but you can add fish stock, chicken stock or vegetable stock.
Add enough to cover (you can control as thick as you want the chowder to be by adding more or less stock or water). Simmer on low heat, uncovered for 20-25 minutes.
Add fresh clams (canned baby clams are great too- add them including the juice). I usually add 2 cans or approximately 4 cups of clams. You can mix this chowder up by adding cubes of salmon, halibut or haddock. Add this at the end so it doesn’t get overlooked.
I like to add a good glug of heavy cream at the end (it all depends on how creamy you like your chowder), a squeeze of lemon juice, adjust the salt & pepper & add some freshly chopped parsley & thyme at the end for some brightness. This chowder is so hearty & good but the base ingredients are so classic as a start to any good soup, stew or chowder.
Rain- you can go away now. No, seriously- go away now.
Be Well & Eat Chowder!
Love, Tamara ❤👩🏻🍳🇨🇦