Really Good Manhattan Clam Chowder
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Manhattan Clam Chowder History
According to "What's Cooking America":
Some historians say that Manhattan clam chowder was originally called "Coney Island clam chowder" and/or "Fulton Market clam chowder." Both of these names were used in the 1890s.
Both of these cookbook authors, Alessandro Filippini and Charles Ranhofer (who both worked at the famous Delmonic's Restaurant in New York at different times), were considered as most important cookbooks in modern cooking. Since nearly everything that Delmonic's Restaurant served was widely imitated, it is certain that several New York upscale restaurants probably sold a version of tomato-based clam chowder, today known as Manhattan clam chowder.
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Good for A Low-Carb Diet
Since the doctor has me on a very low-carb diet, it's a challenge finding different foods that are also appetizing and that I will like. Being Italian, I love my pasta and pizza and Italian garlic bread, but can't eat any of it anymore. Not for a long time anyhow.
I came across this clam chowder that looks so good but it had a lot of potatoes in it. I had to change that and used only one little potato. It also called for shrimp, but I didn't want that either, I was hungry for clam chowder. So I tweaked a few things in the original recipe and made it my own.
Remember I tell you that often. You can tweak any recipe to make it your own if you don't like a certain ingredient in it. The base of it must be kept the same, however.
I hope you enjoy this one. It's easy to make and doesn't take long at all. If you chop your vegetables ahead of time and store them in an airtight container or a zip lock bag and in the refrigerator, then when you are making the chowder, then it won't take long to put together.
- 2 cans clams
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 1/2 cups onions, chopped
- 1 cup green pepper, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomaotes
- 3 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon thyme, dried
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, I used a little more
- 1 small potato, peeled and cubed
- 1/4 cup parsley, dried
Remember I said to make a recipe your own? Well I made changes to the original recipe by:
- Using canned clams instead of buying chowder clams and chopping and steaming and chopping them. A time saver.
- Using dried parsley instead of fresh parsley.
- In a large pot, cook the bacon over medium high heat until crisp. Add the onions, pepper, carrots and celery and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often.
- Drain the clams saving the juice and add the clams to the vegetables. Also add the tomatoes, clam juice, water, bay leaf, thyme and ground pepper. Add salt to your taste.
- Bring to a boil and add potatoes and stir. Simmer with the lid on for 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
Putting The Chowder TogetherClick thumbnail to view full-size
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