With ingredients including whole fresh clams, bacon, thyme, golden potato and light cream, this recipe won the Big Taste of Greater New Haven 2015 and 2016. The recipe was created by Executive Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho from Shell & Bones in New Haven
Shell & Bones Clam Chowder
Makes 6 servings
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 50 littleneck clams
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon bacon fat
- 1/2 cup diced bacon
- 1 large Spanish onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups diced celery
- 3 sprigs thyme, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1-1/2 pounds (about 2 cups) Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, cut into ¼-inch dice
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Oyster crackers, Saltines, potato chips for garnish
Pour the water and wine into a large pot. Bring to a boil at high heat. Add clams, cover and cook until they open, about 5 minutes. Remove clams to a bowl. Strain liquid and reserve. When they have cooled, set aside 6 clams in the shell, remove remainder from their shells and cut into small pieces.
Melt butter and bacon fat in a pan over medium heat, add bacon and cook until bacon is crisp, 4-6 minutes. Add onion, garlic, celery, thyme and bay leaves. Saute until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes. Add potatoes, clam juice and heavy cream. Simmer until potatoes are tender, 8-10 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Add chopped clams and parsley, stir and serve.
If serving the next day, remove clams from refrigerator and let them come to room temperature. Reheat soup, return clams to the chowder, stir in parsley and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Serve with crackers, Saltines or potato chips. Place a reserved clam in the shell on top of each bowl. Sprinkle crispy bacon on top if desired.
About Shell & Bones Oyster Bar
Shell & Bones Oyster Bar, located on the waterfront in the history City Point area of New Haven, Connecticut, offers the finest in seafood and steak, receiving accolades from Connecticut Magazine, New Haven Living Magazine and a “Very Good” review from The New York Times since opening in July 2015. Acclaimed Executive Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho incorporates fresh and sustainable ingredients to present new takes on classic dishes, including his award-winning New England Clam Chowder, with all soups, stocks, sauces and desserts made in-house. In addition to its cuisine, Shell & Bones offers an extensive wine and beer list and creative cocktail menu, with several beers, liquors and wines sourced locally in Connecticut.
The restaurant features both indoor and outdoor waterfront dining with an indoor fireplace and outdoor fire pits, complimentary parking and private event space. Shell & Bones is open for dinner seven days a week, and offers Brunch Friday–Sunday beginning at 11:00am. For more information, visit shellandbones.com. The restaurant can also be found on Facebook (ShellandBones) and Instagram (shellandbonesoysterbarandgrill).