1 1/2 pounds potatoes,
peeled, and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
4 1/2 cups clam broth
3 cups fish stock
2 cups light cream
Oyster crackers (optional)
Clean the clams and place them in a large pot along with the garlic and water.
Steam the clams just until opened, about 6 to 10 minutes, depending upon their
size. Drain and shell the clams, reserving the broth. Mince the clam flesh, and
Filter the clam broth either through coffee filters or cheesecloth and set aside.
In a large, heavy pot slowly render the salt pork. Remove the cracklings and
set them aside.
Slowly cook the onions in the fat for about 6 minutes, stirring
frequently, or until cooked through but not browned.
Stir in the flour and cook,
stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the reserved clam broth and fish stock, and whisk to
remove any flour lumps. Bring the liquid to a boil, add the potatoes, lower the
heat, and simmer until the potatoes are cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Stir in the reserved clams, salt-pork cracklings and light cream. Heat the chowder
until it is the temperature you prefer.
Serve in large soup bowls with oyster crackers
on the side.
Posted by GayleL at recipegoldmine.com
Source: Legal Seafoods Cookbook - George Berkowitz & Jane Doerfer