Cloudy Bay Clam Chowder
A beautifully delicious and warming comfort food for those cold winter nights, featuring Cloudy Bay clams. Serves four.
50mL cooking oil
1 red onion, diced
1T plain flour
300mL cream (or soy milk if you want to go dairy-free)
Italian parsley, finely chopped
Carefully remove clams from pack making sure to retain the clam juice. Reserve juice in a large bowl. Rinse clams quickly under running water.
Bring 500mL of water to a rolling boil in a large pan. Gradually add clams while maintaining high heat.
Remove individual clams as they open and place in colander. Add clam stock to the reserved juice, leaving any grit in the pan.
When clams are cool, save a few pieces for final garnishing. For the rest, remove the meat and chop into 1cm pieces.
Heat oil in a large pot and cook onion until soft and golden.
Stir in flour to make a sandy paste. Cook for two more minutes and gradually stir in the reserved clam stock.
Gradually add cream (or soy milk) and slowly bring to boil.
Take off heat and stir in the clam meat.
Season with black pepper and a little salt to taste. Garnish with the clams still in the shell and some parsley. Serve with crusty bread.