This is a large amount of clam chowder good for parties or dinners. It's good served with oyster crackers, hard crust breads, or in sourdough bread bowls.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large stockpot, saute bacon until almost crisp. Drain fat. Add clam juice, onion, carrots, water, celery, and parsley. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

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  • Add potatoes and simmer 20 more minutes. At the time you add potatoes start cream sauce.

  • In a Dutch oven melt butter and add flour; blend until smooth. Slowly pour in cream, stirring constantly. DO NOT BOIL! When smooth, transfer to the stockpot.

  • Stir in clams, salt, pepper, sugar and red wine vinegar. Simmer, never let boil, until smooth and slightly thickened, about 30 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

810.3 calories; protein 29.5g 59% DV; carbohydrates 29.9g 10% DV; fat 64.3g 99% DV; cholesterol 273.2mg 91% DV; sodium 728.5mg 29% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2003
I made this recipe on the 4th for a party and it was very good. I felt it needed a little more stock. I went to another party the next day so I made a few changes in the recipe and it was OUTSTANDING! The best I've ever had! I added 9 cups of potatoes intead of 5 used 1 cup butter instead of 1-1/2 used half and half instead of heavy cream substituted one quart of the water with clam juice added 1 tbl. thyme and ommitted the carrots. Everyone loved it. Within an hour the whole pot of chowder had been eaten. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/27/2006
I didn't change anything and now I wish I had. This barely tasted like clam chowder to me - it was nice and thick and creamy but I felt it lacked a clam taste. If I made this again I would use clam juice in place of the water (or at least l/2 juice and l/2 water). Also this makes a LOT of soup. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2003
I made this recipe on the 4th for a party and it was very good. I felt it needed a little more stock. I went to another party the next day so I made a few changes in the recipe and it was OUTSTANDING! The best I've ever had! I added 9 cups of potatoes intead of 5 used 1 cup butter instead of 1-1/2 used half and half instead of heavy cream substituted one quart of the water with clam juice added 1 tbl. thyme and ommitted the carrots. Everyone loved it. Within an hour the whole pot of chowder had been eaten. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2005
This is one of the thickest creamiest BEST clam chowder recipes we have ever tried! I did however use bottled clam juice instead of the water that was called for. Probably not the healthiest soup with all that heavy cream but the taste is wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/27/2006
I didn't change anything and now I wish I had. This barely tasted like clam chowder to me - it was nice and thick and creamy but I felt it lacked a clam taste. If I made this again I would use clam juice in place of the water (or at least l/2 juice and l/2 water). Also this makes a LOT of soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2003
I'd never made clam chowder before; this was a huge success with my family! I'll make it often. It does take a little time to do all the chopping but it is well worth the effort! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2005
Lucky strike! on this one with KELLE11' 7/8/2002 modifications. OUTSTANDING! heres a couple more changes too. I used Pacific Razor clams I dug at Longbeach WA the month before. 24 ozs of clams only wt. 8-10 slices bacon ( dont over cook);clam nectar h2o= 2qts;3-4 Tbls. minced parsley; 1 Tbls blk. pepper & 1 1/2 Tbls. Worshchester. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2006
My teenager 'signed' me up to bring a homemade soup to a Cheerleading dish-to pass. I chose this recipe and it was delicious! Very creamy and excellent tasting! I did 'adjust' this recipe as I cooked it in my crock-pot and was taking my crock-pot to the school. So I used 5 cans of clams 16 ozs. Water an 8oz bottle of clam juice 1 quart of Heavy Cream 1 Cup of Butter and 1 Cup of Flour and all the other ingredients listed in the recipe. The only reason I reduced the liquids and clams was because of the size of my crock-pot. If you use this recipe for a dish-to-pass you will receive many compliments!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2010
Best Clam Chowder ever! I had never made clam chowder and gave this one a try. (It didn't call for tomatoes!:)) As I was cooking it I noticed that it was making A LOT. After pouring it altogether and putting everything into my pot I was very concerned. I looked at the recipe and noticed for the first time that it made 16 servings! I was definitely worried about my family of five eating it all before it went bad...until I took the first bite. Oh my! Soooo good! Thank you for adding this to allrecipes!! LOVE IT! I can my potatoes so didn't add those until everything else was added because they are already soft. Only variation I made.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2003
four of my friends tasted this recipe and everyone of them raved about it and want the recipe. excellent flavor Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2011
My family loves this. It can be a little too rich for some people but we think it's great!!!!!! Read More
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