My husband is a big clam chowder fan. Being from the Seattle area enjoying chowder is a rite of passage. Truth is, I have never been a big fan. That is until this recipe happened. My friend posted a seafood chowder and I modified to to a clam version, and of course I added bacon, because . . . bacon. . .obviously. The result brought me to the chowder enjoying side of life, and now I can claim my Seattleite status with pride.
* Compared to some of my other recipes this takes a bit more prep time, but you won't be sorry. It is worth it!
Fresh Bacon Clam Chowder
3 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion diced
3 cloves garlic minced
3 large carrots sliced
1 package of bacon
4 cups chicken or seafood stock
1 can full fat coconut milk
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 51oz can clams
2-3 tbsp arrowroot powder
salt and pepper to taste
cauliflower mash made from 2 heads of cauliflower (click here for directions)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
1. Line a baking sheet, with a lip on it, with foil.
2. Lay out strips of bacon on the foil.
3. Bake for 20 min.
4. When bacon is done, remove strips from sheet and set the sheet aside so that the grease can cool. This will allow you to wod up the foil and the grease at the same time creating a super ease clean up.
5. Chop bacon into bits.
1. As bacon is cooking, heat oil over med-high heat.
2. Add onion and cook for 3-5 min.
3. Add garlic and carrots and cook a few min more until the carrots just start to soften.
4. Add stock and coconut milk, whisk until combined.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste and bring to a simmer for 5 min.
6. Ladle out about 1/2 cup of the juice and add the arrowroot powder. This will allow you to mix the powder completely so there are not any chunks.
7. Return this mixture back to the pot.
8. Add parsley, clams and bacon. Bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes.
9. Pour chowder into a 9x13 baking pan.
10. Gently spoon cauliflower mash over the top of your chowder. Some will feel like it is sinking, but some will remain on the top. Smooth out the top as best you can.
11. Bake for 10 min.
12. Turn broiler on and broil for 3-5 min.
13. Let stand for a few min before serving.