Cook Time: Prep Time: 25 minutes; Total Time: 45 minutes
Meal Type: Entree
NC Ingredients: Clams, Potatoes, Dairy
Cook onions and celery in reserved bacon grease until soft and tender approximately 5 minutes. Season them with salt and pepper. Add reserved clam juice and potatoes along with enough water to just cover the potatoes. Bring them to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender approximately 15 minutes.
Add ¼ tsp. of the dried thyme while cooking the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.
Take out 1 ladle full (3/4 cup) of potato, celery mixture and put into a mixing bowl. Cover with a ladle full (3/4 cup) of the broth. Puree with a hand blender or you can puree this mixture in a blender. Return mixture to the pot and add the clams.
Then add heavy cream, half & half and milk. Put on med. – high heat to heat through approximately 10 minutes. Add the remaining dried thyme and the fresh thyme along with salt and pepper.
Serve with crumbled bacon and/or oyster crackers.