IT’S A SHORE THING

When the seasons change it’s a perfect time for that last trip to the shore and a final walk on the beach before the cold winter winds send everyone back inside.  Thoughts of that last vacation before the rush of holiday season can linger though through the taste of a dish forever linked to the shore….

Shoreline Chowder

 INGREDIENTS

  • 6 thick bacon slices, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 3 tablespoonsflour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 8-ounce unpeeled white-skinned potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 6 1/2-ounce cans chopped clams in juice
  • 1 8 3/4-ounce can corn kernels, drained
  • Chopped fresh parsley

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook bacon in large saucepan over medium heat until crisp.
  2. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.
  3. Pour out all but 3 tablespoons drippings from pan.
  4. Add next 4 ingredients to pan; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Sauté until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle flour over; stir 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Gradually add milk to pan, stirring constantly.
  8. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium and cook until slightly thickened, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add potatoes and drained corn.
  9. Bring to boil.
  10. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are tender, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
  11. Add clams with juice and cook until shells open.
  12. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  13. Sprinkle with bacon and parsley, and serve.