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browny's clam chowder

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Jennifer R
Portland, OR

This recipe is from now-closed Browny's in Seattle. This is lightened up from the original. Despite liking clam chowder, we are only moderate clam-likers - so I halve the clam juice and clams from the original in this recipe. Four cans of clams and two bottles of clam juice would be the full amount, so feel free to add however much you like! This soup freezes very well, so you can store leftovers and whip them out on a weeknight for dinner. Adapted from Sunset Magazine

(1 rating)
yield 6 -8
prep time 25 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For browny's clam chowder

  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 md
    onion, diced
  • 2
    stalks celery, diced
  • 1 md
    carrot, diced
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 5 slice
    bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 c
  • 3 c
    1% milk
  • 2 md
    red potatoes,cubed, skin on
  • 2
    6.5 oz cans minced clams
  • 1
    8 oz bottle clam juice
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 tsp
    garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    half and half

How To Make browny's clam chowder

  • 1
    Heat oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, celery, carrot and garlic. Cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • 2
    Add bacon to the pot and cook until crisp. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat in the pot.
  • 3
    Add the flour and whisk constantly until lightly browned. (If necessary, add a little more olive oil, like a tablespoon, at this point to smooth out the flour.) Add milk a little at a time, whisking constantly, incorporating the flour between each addition. Cook 5 minutes.
  • 4
    Add potatoes, cooked vegetables, clams and clam juice. Cook 5 minutes.
  • 5
    Add half and half, salt, pepper, garlic salt and thyme. Stir. Cover and cook until potatoes are fork-tender, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 6
    When the potatoes are tender, stir in the bacon and serve.