This recipe is sure to bring compliments when served. Even though the recipe is simple, it is a good dish to bring to an RV Potluck!
51 oz can Costco Restaurant quality canned clams in juice
16 oz Swansons boxed Fish Stock (1/2 of a 32 oz container)
12 oz low fat milk
1 1/2 cups raw red potatoes, washed, medium diced (or 2 large red potatoes)
1/2 brown onion, rinse, remove skin, medium diced
3 thick slices hickory smoked bacon, cut in 1″ strips
3 ribs celery, de-thread, rinsed, medium diced
1 cube unsalted butter
1/3 cup Wondra flour
1/3 bunch fresh parley, rinsed, diced
1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning spice
1/4 tp non salt all purpose spice
2 bay leaves
ground pepper to taste
- Rinse then dice vegetables, set aside.
- Drain and reserve the juice from the canned clams. Set clams aside.
- Place diced potatoes and 1″ bacon slices in a medium microwave bowl, add 1/2 cup clam juice.
- Cover the bowl of potatoes and bacon lightly with saran wrap or a paper towel. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stir and check to see if potatoes are fork tender. Add another 1 – 2 minutes of microwave cooking on high or more as needed until fork tender. Add potatoes to a 5 – 6 qt. dutch oven or medium stock pot.
- Pour remaining clam juice into the pot, add diced celery, seasonings, pepper and spices.. Turn stovetop heat to medium, stir intermittently.
- Make a thickening slurry for the soup by adding the flour and 2/3 stick of butter to a saute’ pan, cook stirring intermittently until the flour and butter mixture create a dry blond rue. Note: cooking the mixture for about 3 – 4 minutes takes away the raw flour taste. Add the rue to the stock pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. whisk until the soup thickens to a light soup consistency.
- Add milk and stir until the soup returns to a slightly thickens light soup.
- Add the clams and remaining butter.
- Add a few pinches of additional spices. Add diced parsley. Stir for a few minutes to combine and warm all ingredients then remove and discard the bay leaves.
- Take the soup off heat and serve.
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