New England Clam 'Chowdah'

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Why is it that the colder it gets, the more we want to eat? With winter dragging on, I find myself cooking more than ever. My latest kitchen obsession is the new slow cooker my mother sent me from Massachusetts, and this weekend I had the inkling to make one of my favorite childhood foods, New England Clam Chowder – or as we call it in Massachusetts – clam chowdah!

This classic recipe can be adapted to your preference: fry some bacon, chop, and throw in the pot for a meatier flavor or use fat-free evaporated milk for a more figure-friendly version of the recipe.

New England Clam ‘Chowdah’

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can of corn (12 ounces)
  • 2 cans of clams (16 ounces)
  • 1 bottle of of clam juice (8 ounces)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 can of evaporated milk (12 oz.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a skillet, saute the onions and celery in the olive oil until juices are released, for about 5  minutes.
  2. Move the vegetables to a slow cooker and add all other ingredients, except the evaporated milk.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Add the evaporated milk during the last hour.
  4. Garnish with plenty of oyster crackers!

How about you ModChefs? What do you cook to remind you of home?

5 Responses to New England Clam 'Chowdah'

  1. Kristie 02/23/2010 at 4:02 pm #

    Mmmm. I’m from Massachusetts and Clam Chowdah is my thing. I live in Utah and oh how I’m missing good seafood.

  2. Sophie 02/23/2010 at 4:03 pm #

    Yum! Clam Chowdah is WICKED good! go MA!

  3. Jaclyn J. 02/23/2010 at 4:24 pm #

    new england <3

  4. Jill 02/23/2010 at 4:56 pm #

    Seafood is the #1 best thing about living in New England.

    My favorite cold-weather comfort foods are chicken-pot pie (key ingredient: mashed sweet potatoes in the rue!) and cassoulet (with rib-meat AND bacon… mmm)

  5. Jenny K. 02/24/2010 at 12:08 am #

    Mmmm I’m definitely going to try this recipe out! I’m from the south so when I need a good cup of soup I make homemade chicken noodle, I know it’s simple but something about it reminds me of my grandmother making it for me.
    Great recipe..I can’t wait to try it!

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