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Crock-Pot Cooking – Creamy, Delicious Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder
Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar, Flickr

Putting your crock-pot to work this Fall can save you time in the kitchen, so you can spend it with your family! If you love clam chowder, this recipe is one of the best! Not only is it easy, but it’s quick, and just very little prep from you. Get ready to enjoy delicious Clam Chowder on a cold day indoors!Note: One of the biggest mistakes you can make preparing this is to NOT save your clam juice! Be sure to save it, as you will need it in the recipe!

You Will Need:
1 lb. bacon
3 small onions, chopped fine
4 stalks celery, chopped
4 potatoes, chopped
6 cans minced clams
5 tbsp. flour
2 c milk
1 pt. half and half
3 tbsp. butter
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Thoroughly cook and then remove bacon from grease. Keep some grease to cover the bottom of  your skillet. Crumble bacon into crock-pot. Open cans of clams. Place clams in crock-pot with the bacon. You will need to save your clam juice! Set juice aside for now.In the skillet with the bacon grease, add chopped onion, celery, potatoes, and the SAVED clam juice.

Cook roughly 12 – 15 minutes on medium high heat.

Empty cooked items into your crock-pot. Make a paste of flour and some milk. Add to clam mixture along with half and half and the rest of the milk.

Finally, add butter, salt, and pepper to taste. (If desired, add hot sauce at this time).  Cook on high heat in crock-pot for 1 hour, or cook on low heat for 4 hours.

This recipe serves about 8.


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