La Conner chowder is a standout

  • By Noelle Carter Los Angeles Times
  • Thursday, January 2, 2014 4:56pm
  • Life

La Conner Brewing shared its recipe for clam chowder.

La Conner Brewing Co.’s clam chowder

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 pound onions (about 1 onion), chopped

4 stalks celery, chopped

1 1/4 teaspoons garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried thyme

3/4 teaspoon dried dill leaves

3 6.4-ounce cans chopped clams, drained and broth reserved

Up to 2 cups jarred or canned clam broth or juice

1 pound baking potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 1/4 teaspoons Worcestershire, or to taste

5 teaspoons lemon juice, or to taste

1 1/4 teaspoons Tabasco or other vinegar-based hot sauce

2 cups heavy cream

Salt and pepper

In a heavy-bottomed stock pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and celery, and cook until the onions are translucent, 6 to 8 minutes.

Stir in the garlic, thyme and dill, and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute.

Measure the reserved clam broth, adding additional jarred broth to bring the total volume to 2 1/2 cups. Add the broth to the pot, along with the potatoes; the broth should just cover all of the contents in the pot.

Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

Stir in the clams, Worcestershire, lemon juice, hot sauce and heavy cream. Gently simmer for 5 minutes to marry the flavors. Taste and season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste.

Makes 8 servings, about 2 quarts of soup. Per serving: Calories 324; protein 7 grams; carbohydrates 19 grams; fiber 2 grams; fat 25 grams; saturated fat 16 grams; cholesterol, 101 mg.; sugar 2 grams; sodium, 558 mg.

Adapted from La Conner Brewing Co. in La Conner.

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