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clam chowder or potato soup

Recipe by
Sherry Blizzard
Piney Flats, TN

Mom's potato soup was almost always Clam Chowder...I do make a Potato Soup and so did she. Both recipes are so similar, the only real difference is the addition of clams. I have changed things through the years, the addition of cream cheese and the seasonings. Mom used milk (I use canned milk), hers had more broth, mine was thicker. She never used bacon. Still....Isn't comfort food and loving about coming home and tasting memories? My memories are of potatoes simmering in milk with onions, carrots, celery and salt and pepper. Poor people's food and ever so satisfying.

yield 4 -6
prep time 20 Min
cook time 3 Hr 35 Min
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For clam chowder or potato soup

  • 4 c
    potatoes, cubed
  • 3/4 c
    celery, diced
  • 3/4 c
    carrots, diced
  • 3/4 c
    onion, diced fine
  • 2 can
    chopped clams (leave out if you want potato soup)
  • 2 can
    evaporated milk (12 oz)
  • 2 oz
    cream cheese
  • 1/2 c
    bacon bits
  • 1 Tbsp
    herbs de provence
  • 1 tsp
    old bay garlic and herb seasoning

How To Make clam chowder or potato soup

  • To the bottom of the pot.  Potatoes and celery.
    Scrub potatoes and cube into a little more than bite sized pieces (leave the skins on). Dice the celery into small pieces. Into the CrockPot, potatoes on the bottom, celery on top.
  • Add in the carrots, onions, and other ingredients on top.  Gently stir, but don't disturb the sleeping potatoes.
    Finely dice the carrots and the onion. Add to the CrockPot. Dump in the clams (juice and all-IF WANTING CLAM CHOWDER), evaporated milk, seasonings, cream cheese, and bacon. You can stir, BUT DON'T DISTURB THE TATERS on the bottom.
  • 3
    Cook on high for 3 1/2 hours.....use a hand wire whisk to incorporate the cream cheese. Add salt and pepper until you get the perfect balance you want.
  • Clam Chowder or minus clams, you have a delicious, hearty Potato Soup!
    Serve with crackers, or bread. I am serving mine with both oyster crackers and a garlic bread.

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