Rocky Point Clam Chowder

star pooley Recipe

By star pooley starryrose

20-8oz. servings
30 Min
30 Min

This was a tradition in Rhode Island! When I was growing up there was an amusement park on the shore called "Rocky Point". It had a huge Shore Dinner Hall that served a meal of lobster, chowder, clamcakes, sweet corn and watermelon. This is the original recipe for the red chowder. It makes 20-8 ounce servings so you may want to cut the recipe in half. Serve with my clam cake recipe. Close your eyes, take a bite and you are in Rhode Island!

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1 1/2 lb
salt pork, chopped into small pieces
onion, chopped
1 gal
clam juice
1 lb
potatoes, diced
1 Tbsp
2 c
canned tomato puree
1 1/2 qt
chopped quahogs or clams
water as needed
salt & pepper to taste
dash of old bay seasoning
pilot/oyster crackers

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large stockpot, heat the salt pork until fat melts.
Add chopped onions; Cook over gentle heat until very soft.
Add clam juice, potatoes, seasonings, tomato puree, and alittle water; simmer until the potatoes are soft.
Add quahogs/clams.
Heat and taste for seasoning.
TIP: It is best to use old, not new, potatoes because they thicken the chowder with their starch.
This is not a thick chowder, but can be thickened by crushing Pilot crackers and adding to the chowder near the end of cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chowders

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Aug 22, 2011 - star pooley shared this recipe with discussion group: Tastes of New England
R S candy1963
Aug 23, 2011
I too live in Rhode Island and New England clam chowder (or chowdah as say it lol) is thw white is Manhattan
star pooley starryrose
Aug 23, 2011
You are correct on your description of "chowda" R.I. also has a clear broth. This recipe is from the amusement park I grew up with!
R S candy1963
Aug 24, 2011
The clear one looks like dirty I'm just
Aug 25, 2011 - star pooley shared this recipe with discussion group: I SEAFOOD CLEARLY
sherry monfils smonfils
Oct 3, 2011
candy 1963 is right. Your recipe is more manhattan clam chowder. New England chowder is always cream, ( or white based,) chowder.
I use to go to Rocky Point when I was a kid, ( now I'm really showing my age here!LOL,) and i don't remember a red clam chowder. That's not to say it wasn't served there, just that i don't remember having it.
star pooley starryrose
Oct 3, 2011
You are correct that R.I. clam chowder is a clear broth, New England cream/milk based and Manhattan tomatoe based. The recipe I have posted is from the original Rocky Point Park. Check out their website:
Their recipe is a Manhattan Clam Chowder. I do agree about the R.I. chowder that it looks like "dirty water".
Many memories of eating this chowder, the clam cakes and dining at the Shore Dinner Hall, as well as, going to the park itself!
Dec 7, 2011 - Tara Pacheco shared this recipe with discussion group: Local Favorites
Jan 2, 2012 - star pooley shared this recipe with discussion group: Tastes of Rhode Island
Jim MacLeod JimMac
May 21, 2012
I grew up on Warwick Point (Rocky Point) in Warwick, RI.
From about 11 to 17 years old my friends and I walked to Rocky Point in the summer a lot!!.....
We ate the RED chowder and clam cakes. I had never heard of clear chowder until I was in CT. In 1973.
I can't remember the Shore Diner Hall at Cresent Park (in Riverside) having anything but RED chowder either.
Maybe I missed something????!!!!
Helen Fonteneau Hel
Aug 10, 2012
Went to Rocky Point every year for many years with my husband and kids. It was a Red Chowder and you are correct Red is called Manhatten chowder BUT even tho it was red it was not a true Manhatten Chowder I guess you would have to say it was Rocky point chowder, because that was the only place you could get it. I never liked Manhatten Chowder but I loved the red chowder at Rocky Point. I also love New England Clam chowder that is thick creamy and white. The dirty water one I don't lik3e at all. Anyone from RI remember Tweety Belsano's spaghetti house where you ordered spaghetti,by the pound for the whole family? Ahh those were the days
gary bannon gabannon
Feb 28, 2014
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
gary bannon gabannon
Feb 28, 2014
I am from RI and grew up on Rocky Point chowder. It was red. RI red is nothing like Manhattan chowder. Most Rhode Islanders think of clear chowder as being the only authentic RI chowder, but in places like Narragansett most places serve red, white and clear. In RI the white is also nothing like typical NE clam chowder. I prefer clear or white RI chowder , but this recipe is excellent and is truly the chowder of my youth.
Jeannie Costello ijeanniegoodies
Aug 8, 2015
I grew up in RI and went to Rocky Point for many years. The Rocky Point chowder is a red chowder, but is not like the Manhattan style. Rocky Point style chowder (red) has always been my favorite. I don't live in RI, anymore but I miss the Rocky Point style clam cakes & chowder. I found the recipe for both, many years ago, like this recipe, and make it home made. Mmm. I'm actually going to make a batch of both, this weekend! Thank you!