Clam Chowders of New England
There are about a dozen types of clam chowder and as such it is important that anyone looking for a great clam chowder recipe know exactly what they are in for. Taking the time to consider the different types of clam chowder can help just about anyone decide what recipe is right for them.
New England Clam Chowder/ Boston Clam Chowder
The first and most obvious choice when making clam chowder is the traditional clam chowder. This chowder is milk or cream based and is generally thicker than other types of chowder. This chowder also utilizes potatoes, onions, and clams. The quahog clam is the most common clam used as it is indigenous to the region and very meaty. Tomatoes are not allowed in this type of chowder and there was even a law that was passed in Maine forbidding the use of tomatoes! This type of chowder is the most common, the most recognized, and some may say the most loved of any type of chowder. This chowder is often called Boston Clam Chowder in the Midwest part of the country.
Manhattan Clam Chowder
The next most common type of chowder you may encounter is of course Manhattan Clam Chowder. This can also be called red clam chowder because of the use of tomatoes. Another common quality is the clear broth the chowder is based on. Without the use of milk, this chowder is based in tomato and is often called New York Style Clam Chowder. The name was originally meant as an insult and a jab at the “New England Clam Chowder”. This type of chowder can use just about any type of clam and is great for those that want a much lighter stew as opposed to the heavy chowder that is typical of New England. This type of chowder is also based in Portuguese cooking as they have many tomato based soups and stews.
Chef Avi’s New England Clam Chowder
Clam chowder is a very specific and incredibly particular soup and most people have their own idea of what is right and proper. That being said, clam chowder recipes are often very boring. Chef Avi has reformulated the recipe to make a modern stew that has all the flavors and general markers of typical clam chowder but with a modern twist. Some out of the ordinary ingredients are celery, bay leaf, thyme, garlic, and bacon giving this stew an earthy feel. This stew is perfect for those that want a great stew that is reminiscent of the typical clam chowder with a pleasant twist.
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