1 quart shucked clams (add water if too dry)
1/3 pound  bacon
1 large onion, minced
2 ribs celery, minced
2 large potatoes, diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 quart of milk, scalded (may use half cream for thicker soup)
1/2 cup of butter
1/4 cup of flour
Salt and pepper

Drain and chop clams, reserving liquid (may substitute 5-pound can chopped clams). Fry bacon  in a heavy pan until all fat is rendered; add onions and celery and brown lightly. Add butter; melt. Blend in flour and stir constantly for 5 minutes. Add clams, potatoes, clam liquid, bay leaf, and thyme. Cook until the potatoes are tender and add milk. If desired, add fish and/or shellfish to make seafood chowder.

Serves: 4


















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