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This is thick, rich chowder that is what most folks would call New England style but if you have ever been to New England, you know it isn’t. I think it’s what the Northwest has adapted as N.E. style. In any case, it took me many tries to get it where I like it, consequently it’s a little more work than most chowder recipes but, in my opinion, well worth the effort. If I’m making it for company I use just the diggers (foot) and chop them. If I make it for me, I use the whole clam but grind the necks through a ¼� plate. If you are using home canned clams, adjust the recipe accordingly to account for the clam juice in the jar. If you are using store bought canned clams... shame on you.

You’re going to have potatoes boiling, chowder base cooking and be making roux at the same time so make sure you have everything chopped, cut, measured, ready and organized. If you don’t know how to make a roux, you need to learn, just Google “how to roux?�

Northwest Style Razor Clam Chowder

Ingredients:
1 ½-2 cups razor clams chopped and/or ground
1- (6 ounce) bottle clam juice
1-can chicken broth divided
½ cup good quality white wine (I use Chardonnay)
4 baseball sized Yukon gold taters peeled and cubed to ½�
4 slices high quality bacon chopped
1 quart half and half divided
1 cup white onion chopped
1 cup celery chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped fine
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 cube butter divided
¼ cup flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper

Fill a medium pan with enough water to cover potatoes add ½ teaspoon kosher salt and bring to a boil; add potatoes and boil for 10 minutes then drain.

At the same time, in a large heavy pan, brown the chopped bacon in the olive oil; remove bacon and add the onions, celery and ½ teaspoon salt and sauté until translucent. Add wine plus ½ can of chicken stock and clam juice. Bring to a boil, add bacon and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes; add potatoes and return to boil; add clams, sage and thyme plus ¼ teaspoon (or more) fresh ground pepper; simmer for 1 minute and remove from heat.

In the meantime, make a light to medium roux with ½ cube of butter and ¼ cup flour; this will take about 10-15 minutes. When roux is complete, whisk in the remaining butter then, over medium heat, slowly whisk in remaining ½ can of chicken stock until completely incorporated and remove from heat; let cool for 5 minutes then quickly whisk in 1 pint of the half and half.

Combine all ingredients, cover and let stand for at least 10 minutes. If chowder is too cool, re-heat over medium heat stirring frequently; heat but do not boil. If chowder is too thick, add some of the remaining half and half; if it is too thin (highly unlikely), add some instant potato flakes.. (The only difference was, he threw in frequent references to his experience as a POW, which currently outnumber John Kerry's references to being a Vietnam vet.)

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where can you get lazor crams without diggin them? albertsons had them last year but i havnt see them since. i bought about five pounds of them while i could. im gonna call them tomorrow and check it out.
 

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Can you buy those large razor clams anywhere?
 

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The Wild Fish Market at Fishermans Terminal in Seattle has had frozen razors when I have been in there. They look pretty big, so I think they are coming from AK. I rember a few years ago the Red Apple grocery in Issaquah had a sale occasionally on frozen packs of big razors. Don't live there anymore, so I don't know if the chain still has them. This recipe has inspired me to take a bag of last years clams from the coast out for some chowder cookin'.
 
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