Copycat restaurant recipe: Clam Chowder [better for the soul than chix soup]

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Clam Chowder Recipe perfect for the cool weather

Today’s Restaurant Recipe comes from La Conner Brewing Company in Washington state.  La Conner serves a great selection of house made beers along with an eclectic menu of American eats. Their clam chowder is delicious yet easy to make.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this marvelous clam chowder

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound onions (about 1 onion), chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 1/4 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon dried dill leaves
3 (6.4 ounce) cans chopped clams, drained and broth reserved
Up to 2 cups jarred or canned clam broth or juice
1 pound baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 1/4 teaspoons Worcestershire, or to taste
5 teaspoons lemon juice, or to taste
1 1/4 teaspoons Tabasco or other vinegar-based hot sauce
2 cups heavy cream
Salt and pepper

Steps to make this sensational clam chowder

In a heavy-bottomed stock pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and celery, and cook until the onions are translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic, thyme and dill, and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute.

Measure the reserved clam broth, adding additional jarred broth to bring the total volume to 21/2 cups. Add the broth to the pot, along with the potatoes; the broth should just cover all of the contents in the pot. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in the clams, Worcestershire, lemon juice, hot sauce and heavy cream. Gently simmer for 5 minutes to marry the flavors. Taste and season with three-fourths teaspoon salt and one-half teaspoon pepper, or to taste. This makes about 2 quarts soup.

Serves 8

Source: LA Times

Protip: If you make this clam chowder for guests you can make it ahead of time and because it is rather filling, you can make a lighter / easier main dish!

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