Friday, September 13, 2013

Frugal Foodie Friday - Mo's Clam Chowder

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I've had a wonderful week. My sister has been visiting, and for this brief period of time, the threads of past and present have been so tightly woven that not even light can't pass. It's been a busy time and we've shared some of our favorite haunts with her, cramming into days a decade's worth of discoveries and day-trip adventures. No trip to Oregon would be complete without a visit to the coast and no visit to the coast would be complete without a visit to the legendary Mo's for a cup of their chowder, which many argue is the best in the land. I decided to feature a Mo's-type chowder for Frugal Foodie Friday so you could judge for yourself. This particular recipe was featured on "AM Northwest" and it purports to be a home-sized version of the recipe used in the restaurant kitchen. One of our local warehouse stores sells canned sea clams at a price that brings the cost of this chowder in line with other Frugal Friday dishes. Do try the recipe. It makes a chowder that might not be the best in the land, but it is very, very nice and has the added advantage of being quite simple to make. Here is the recipe.

Clam Chowder...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of AM Northwest


1 (51 oz.) can of chopped Sea Clams
3-1/2 cups clam nectar drained from the Clams, add water if needed
4 cups diced russet potatoes, about 1/2"
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 cup ground or finely diced bacon
4-1/2 cups whole milk
4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


1) Drain clams, reserving broth to make 3-1/2 cups liquid. Add water if necessary. Place liquid in a 4 quart saucepan.
2) Add potatoes and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and turn to low heat to cook potatoes until soft but not mushy, about 7 minutes.
3) In a medium sized skillet, brown bacon over medium heat, stirring to brown evenly.  When bacon begins to crisp and has rendered its fat, add onion and continue stirring until onion is translucent.
4) Add 1 tablespoon butter to bacon and onion mixture. Add flour and stir constantly to incorporate.
5) Add chopped clams to milk and potato mixture. Heat until very hot, but do not boil.
6) When bacon and onion roux mixture is bubbling, add it to potato and clam mixture and stir to mix well. Simmer for 10 minutes. The chowder will become thick and creamy. If it is too thick thin with milk or cream. Adjust seasoning to taste. Yield: 6 servings.

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Ginny said...

This looks just lovely, and so easy! I think Phil would like it, since he loves oyster chowder. One of his worst days was when Campbell's stopped selling oyster chowder, we never figured that one out. Wonder if I could pick these up at Costco? He would LOVE it!

Rhodesia said...

That sound fabulous, not sure I have seen tinned clams here but I will put them on my shopping list to see what is available. Les palourdes it seems is what they are called in French! have a good weekend Diane

From the Kitchen said...

Sister visits are such special times! The clam chowder brings nice memories of spending time in New England searching out the best recipes (Brown University Faculty
Club won) for our son's wedding reception a few years ago. I'll print this one out and put it in my "cooler weather" file.


Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I love that "even light can't pass" through the threads of past and present with your sister. =)

My son loves clam chowder. I'm happy to have this one to try. blessings ~ tanna

Kim G. said...

I love clam chowder so much, this one looks really good!

Nammi said...

that looks like a simple but very comforting dish, have a nice week end

Susan Lindquist said...

Sometimes simple is best! I might add a handful of corn too at this time of year ... cut right off the cob and into the hot broth ...

Terrific and inexpensive recipe, Mary! I am loving this Frugal Friday series!

David said...

Mary, This chowder sounds terrific! We love chowder and its hard to come by any...much less good...chowder here in East Tennessee. Thanks for the recipe! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Big Dude said...

I love clam chowder and this will definitely go on my try this fall list.

Tricia Buice said...

Sounds like your sister really got the treatment! When we have visitors we try so hard to show them around and we live near DC so there is lots and lots to do. Beautiful chowder too. Have a great weekend.

Daniela Grimburg said...

It's such fun to get together with your siblings again!
A bit like becoming a child once more.
The clam chowder looks soo good, wouldn't mind to have one right now.

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