Responsible Choice Clam Chowder

Serves 6

All you need:

  • 4 medium-sized potatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 (12 oz) package salt pork, skin removed and diced
  • 1 pound butter
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 quart clam juice (Note: You can use the clam juice strained from your clams)
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco sauce, to taste (5-10 drops)
  • 2 cups Responsible Choice clams, chopped

All you do:

  1. Add diced potatoes to a pot, and add just enough water to top the potatoes. Boil until tender, then keep potatoes in the water but remove from heat.
  2. Heat vegetable oil over medium heat add salt pork and render out fat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until slightly brown.
  3. To the salt pork pan, add butter, onions and celery. Cook for 20 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  4. Add flour and cook for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 quart of clam juice and stir constantly until thick. Add remaining clam juice.
  5. Add milk and potatoes, including the water used for boiling.
  6. Cook mixture for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally so as not to let mixture stick to the bottom. If the soup starts to stick, take off heat and let rest for 10 minutes, then resume cooking. Soup will taste starchy if not fully cooked.
  7. Add salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and Responsible Choice clams. Simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve with crackers and salted butter.

Author: Tracy Tonning

My name is Tracy Tonning and I have been the chef at Hy-Vee’s Waterfront Iowa City store since 2011. I’ve been cooking since I was 15 years old and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1983. After graduating, I worked as a chef in several large markets including Atlanta, Kansas City and New Orleans. I’ve enjoyed more than 35 years in the food service industry. I am also a founding member of Table to Table in Iowa City and Chef Chairman of the March of Dimes in Iowa City. I love to help Hy-Vee customers explore new flavors and options to take home to their friends and families.