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Manhattan Clam Chowder

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Ingredients
  Ripe firm tomatoes/4 cups, canned tomatoes , drained, chopped 4 Large
  Large hard shell clams 2 Dozen, shucked and drained and their liquor
  Butter 3 Tablespoon
  Finely chopped onions 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Finely chopped carrots 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Finely chopped celery 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Water 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Bay leaf 1 Medium
  Crumbled dried thyme 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Boiling potatoes 3 Medium, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch dice to make 2 cups
Directions

MAKING
1 If using fresh tomatoes, in a pan, bring water to a boil and drop in the tomatoes for 15 seconds.
2 Remove carefully and peel off the skins using a small sharp knife.
3 Remove the stems and cut the tomatoes crosswise in half.
4 Carefully squeeze the halves, removing the juice and seeds.
5 Chop the pulp coarsely.
6 If using canned tomatoes, drain thoroughly and chop.
7 Chop the clams finely and reserve.
8 Line a fine sieve with a double thickness of dampened cheesecloth.
9 Strain the clam liquor through the sieve, reserving 3 cups of the liuor.(if it is less than 3 cups, add in water to make 3 cups)
10 In a heavy 3- to 4-quart saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat.
11 Add the onions, carrots and celery.
12 Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are soft but not brown.
13 Add in the chopped tomatoes, clam liquor, 3 cups of water, bay leaf, thyme and a few grindings of pepper.
14 Bring to a boil over high heat.
15 Lower the heat and partially cover the pan.
16 Simmer for 45 minutes.
17 Stir in the potatoes and continue simmering, partially covered for another 12 minutes.
18 Add in the chopped clams and cook the chowder for another 2 to 3 minutes.
19 Remove and discard the bay leaf.
20 Correct the seasoning.

SERVING
21 Serve at once in individual soup plates or from a heated tureen

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Clam
Interest: 
Healthy
Cook Time: 
95 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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