Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Shrimp and Clam Chowder

 Snow, snow and more snow!  I am so tired of snow.  When I look outside these days, it feels like I live close to the North Pole.  Soup and chowders are just about the only foods that are keeping me calm during this chaotic winter.  I don't like to drive in the snow so I have been cleaning out my freezer and cupboards to avoid running to the grocery store.   I made this shrimp and clam chowder with staples I keep in my freezer and pantry.  Nothing is easier than opening up a can or defrosting some frozen shrimp.  This soup came together quickly, and it was so rich in flavor.  If I have to deal with snow... at least a bowl or two of this chowder will comfort me.

2 cans of minced clams in their juice
8oz bottle clam juice
1/2 lb of cleaned shrimp
6 slices of bacon (diced)
1 medium onion minced
1 green bell pepper minced
2 large carrots minced
2 stalks of minced celery
1/2 tsp of dried thyme
1/4 tsp granulated garlic (optional)
4 cups of chicken broth
3-4 cups of water
2 cups of diced white potatoes
chicken bullion as needed
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp red chili flakes (or to taste)
1/3 cup of all purpose flour
2 cups of half and half

Note: I recommend you take the tails off the shrimp before adding it to the soup.


In a large soup pot, fry up your bacon until crispy.  Drain the bacon and set it aside.  Reserve the bacon drippings to fry the vegetables.
Chop vegetables and to the bacon drippings in the pot and fry until softened.

Next add your dried thyme, granulated garlic, salt, pepper, chili flakes and flour.  Cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring.
Now add your two cans of clams and the clam juice.  Cook for a minute.

Now add your water, chicken broth and diced potatoes.  Bring to a boil and simmer until potatoes are almost tender.  You will want to season the broth again because the potatoes will absorb some of the salt.  I used the chicken bullion above to season the broth.

Finally add the shrimp and  2 cups of half and half.  Allow to boil for 2-3 minutes.  Taste for seasoning one last time and your soup should be done.  Serve hot. Enjoy.

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  1. YUM soup! I loved the rich colour in this tomato soup. And the ingredients you used in this soup will surely make it taste delicious!

  2. My sister lives in New York and sent me photos of all the snow at her house. I don't miss it one bit. I had all the snow I needed growing up in Maine and I'm happy that it's summer right now. :)

    I think your chowder sounds wonderful!

  3. Hi Ramona- I am so glad you reached out! I love curry and comfort; the blog is amazing! I agree with you on the snow. My husband and I moved back to the MD last year, early spring, after living in the Cleveland area for 2 years. I thought the winters there would thicken my skin but to no avail. I'm really over it! Anyhow, nice meeting you and the chowder is right up my alley. Thyme and celery give such a warm, hearty feeling.

  4. looks super tempting n amazing dish..

  5. I hear you Ramona, and you are not alone. That is exactly how I have been feelinglately, and the chowder looks just right!

  6. Now that's comfort food! Looks delicious!

  7. Oh YUM!!! Delicious looking chowder and I love the addition of shrimp to the clams.

  8. That chowder looks delicious, I love the shrimp delicacy in it :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. This looks great! Just wondering what kind of fish you add to it, I don't see it in the list of ingredients

    1. Hi Louise, Sorry for the confusion... I copied some of my instructions from my seafood chowder recipe... forgot to take out the fish in the directions. :) If you decide to make a fish or seafood chowder... I say cod is an excellent choice. Thanks and enjoy. ~ Ramona/ Curry and Comfort

  10. I can't handle the snow either, but at least it means delicious chowders like this one! I love seafood chowders, and this looks creamy and comforting and amazing! :D

  11. This weather is the pits and everyday seems the same. Except for today's forecast...freezing fog. What the heck is that? You are making good use of your time stuck in the house. This is a beautiful dish!

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