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Video:How to Make Crockpot Clam Chowder

with Jacob Taxis

Clam chowder is a hearty and creamy comfort food, but you don't have to slave in the kitchen to have it homemade. Check out this recipe for crock pot clam chowder.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Crockpot Clam Chowder

Hello, I'm Jacob Taxis for About.com. In this video you will learn how to make crockpot clam chowder. This is a recipe from About.com's Southern food site.

To Make Crockpot Clam Chowder, You'll Need:

  • 4 (6 1/2 oz.) cans of minced clams with juice
  • 1/2 lb. of diced salt pork or bacon
  • 1 cup of chopped onions
  • 6-8 medium potatoes, peeled or unpeeled and cubed
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of pepper
  • 4 cups of half & half or milk
  • 3-4 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • fresh chopped parsley to be used as a garnish
If you'd like to alternatively use fresh clams, prepare them a day in advance by soaking them overnight in brine. This helps remove grit and sand. After they are cleaned and washed, proceed with steaming and dicing the clams.

Sauté Your Pork and Onions then Add to Crockpot to Cook the Chowder

Step One: Sauté the bacon or salt pork with the onion in a skillet until the ingredients are golden brown.
Step Two: Place the sautéed meat and onion along with the cans of clams into the crockpot.
Step Three: Add the rest of the ingredients into the crockpot except for the milk, cornstarch & parsley. For added flavor, substitute the 3 cups of water for chicken stock.
Step Four: Place the lid on the crockpot & select and set your cooking level. Setting it on 'Low' will set your cooking time at 6 – 8 hours. Setting it on 'High' will set your cooking time at 3 – 4 hours.

Thicken the Clam Chowder With Milk and Cornstarch

Step Five: One hour before completion, combine and mix the cornstarch with one cup of milk. Add this mixture and the rest of the milk into the crockpot and stir everything thoroughly. If you like a thicker consistency, add more cornstarch into the mixture. After one final hour of cooking, you are ready to present your meal w/ a parsley garnish.

Your recipe is complete!This fantastic chowder is particularly well received at parties. Consider serving it at your next gathering with some doughy biscuits for dipping. Thank-you for watching, for more, please visit About.com.
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