The World's Best New England Clam Chowder

 

 The World’s Best New England Clam Chowder

6 slices thick bacon, medium sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbs butter
1/4 ts poultry seasoning
1/4 ts Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper
3 tbs flour
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 bottles clam juice
5 cans chopped clams, drained with juice reserved
1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 ts dried parsley
Sharp cheddar cheese
Croutons

  • Render bacon in large pot on medium heat, until crispy. Add butter. Stir in onion, celery, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes or until tender. Add the poultry seasoning, Italian seasoning, and bay leaf. Stir in flour and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes and all clam juice. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer until potatoes are almost tender.
  • Add milk and heavy whipping cream and bring to a simmer. Add the clams and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the parsley. Season with salt and pepper is desired.

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