Pacific Northwest Razor Clam Chowder

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Ingredients

2-3 can(s) chopped clams with juice (i use 1 limit of razor clams (15) that have been frozen and thawed
6 small red potatoes, chopped
1/2 lb applewood smoked bacon, sliced
3 shallots, chopped
5 celery stalks with leaves, chopped
4 clove garlic, minced
1-8 oz brick of reduced fat cream cheese
1/4 c butter
5 c whole milk
1/2 pt heavy cream (optional)
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
2 Tbsp fresh italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 Tbsp fresh chives, minced
2 dash(es) tabasco sauce
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 c instant potato flakes
1 pinch pink himalayan sea salt
1 pinch coarsely ground black pepper

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Laurrie Piland Recipe
Lightly Salted
Longview, WA (pop. 36,648)
witchywoman1969
Member Since Feb 2012
Laurrie's notes for this recipe:
I'm lucky to live in a part of the country that has an abundance of amazing seafood. One of the things specific to the Pacific Northwest are razor clams. I created this chowder recipe last December and it tastes amazing! I hope you enjoy it as much as we have! One thing that I had to adapt when posting the recipe to this site is that we work in "limits" meaning 15 clams. My recipe calls for one limit. You can simply substitute 2-3 cans of clams instead.
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Directions

1
In large saucepan, add clams with juice, milk, cream cheese, butter, heavy cream (if using), thyme, parsley, Tabasco and red pepper flakes. Heat gently over low heat.
2
In a skillet, render the bacon until it's not quite crisp. Add in potatoes, celery, shallot and garlic...fry until potatoes are just about tender. Add to milk-clam mixture.
3
Heat SLOWLY over LOW heat until potatoes are tender. Add in instant potato flakes, a tablespoon at a time, until the chowder is the thickness you would like it to be. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped chives.

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user Becky Pessolano Iluvpamperedchef - Feb 19, 2012
This looks super-yummy!!!
user Kathy Yost Lovetosew - Feb 19, 2012
I DID SAVE THIS ONE.. NOW I GOTTA GO LOOK UP RAZOR CLAMS.. NOT SURE WHAT THAT IS.. BUT I WILL FIND OUT.
user Shelia Senghas earthbaker - Feb 19, 2012
I love clam chowder and this sounds like a delicious gourmet dish. Not sure where I would find frozen fresh clams, apple wood bacon or, himalayan pink sea salt where I live, however, I will try this with smoked bacon and regular sea salt as I have those ingredients on hand. Thanks for posting this recipe.
user Laurrie Piland witchywoman1969 - Feb 20, 2012
That's the beauty of a recipe is adapting it to what you have on hand. Regular bacon, sea salt and canned clams will work just fine as would subbing an onion for the shallots. I hope you enjoy!

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