New England Clam Chowder

Two things that tourists from all over the world seek out when they visit New England are New England clam chowder and lobster rolls. It doesn’t matter if they visit in the middle of summer or during the winter ski season…their trip will not be complete unless they get a chance to try both famous food traditions. There are many delicious versions of clam chowder throughout New England…each state seems to have a different variation. Ask any person living in New England about their own well guarded recipe and they will usually be hesitant about letting you know exactly how they prepare their chowder.

If you go to a restaurant in New England,  you can usually order clam chowder one of two ways…thick or thin. Whether it is served in a cup, a bowl or sometimes in a bread bowl, it is always white and never, ever will it be tomato based as in other parts of the country. Little oyster crackers  are traditionally served alongside to be used as a topping.

New England Clam Chowder With Purple Potatoes

New England Clam Chowder With Three Kinds Of Potatoes

You may be looking at the photograph and thinking that my chowder doesn’t look like what you have seen before. That is because I made mine with a twist. I used three kinds of potatoes…little red bliss, golden and purple ones. It might be considered scandalous to mess with tradition in this way but I wanted to add some color to this basically white chowder. Of course, you can follow tradition and prepare a totally white  chowder or you can be adventurous and add a little color to your life by adding a variety of potatoes to this classic recipe…just don’t tell a New Englander that you are messing with tradition.

New England Clam Chowder 

  • 2 slices of thick bacon, diced (I use applewood smoked bacon)
  • 1 c. of chopped onion
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. flour (I use Wondra, an instant flour that is quick dissolving)
  • 2 c. of clam broth
  • water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp. pepper (I use white)
  • peeled and diced potatoes (I used about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 10 oz. chopped clams (I used about 1 1/2 cups of frozen clams), canned is fine
  • 3/4 c. heavy cream (for a thick chowder), half and half or milk (for a thin chowder)

Place diced bacon in a large pot and cook until the fat is rendered and bacon is starting to brown. Add the onion and celery and cook until they turn translucent. Then add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Sprinkle in the flour, stir well and cook for about a minute more. Slowly pour in the clam broth, stir and let cook for several minutes. Add the diced potatoes**, bay leaves, thyme and enough water to completely cover the potatoes. Cook for about 10 or 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Add in the chopped clams and the cream. Cook until the clams are heated through and tender. Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs and taste for additional seasonings.* Ladle the hot and creamy soup into bowls and serve with oyster crackers on the side.

*I have not added salt in this recipe as canned broths and canned clams, if using, have salt in them…some being very salty. I would rather add salt at the end of the cooking time if it is needed.

**I cooked the purple potatoes separately and added them to the chowder right before serving. I didn’t want the chowder to possibly turn blue. That would be a little too untraditional.

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This is a thick and creamy chowder that can be served as a first course, along with a sandwich, a warm and hearty meal on a cold day, or part of a traditional New England clam bake in the middle of summer. No matter if you are making a couple of cups or a huge pot for a crowd, try to have the ratio of clams and potatoes about the same.  Just remember that New England clam chowder never has tomatoes in it…you don’t want to mess with tradition too much.

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199 Responses to New England Clam Chowder

  1. Bonnie says:

    My son was married in Providence a few years ago. Before the wedding, I accompanied him and his bride-to-be on a search for the best clam chowder (what a treat) as they wanted to serve it as an appetizer at their reception. Fortunately we loved the one at the Brown University Faculty Club best and that’s where their reception was being held!! I also found out that Rhode Island has it’s own version of clam chowder with a clear broth. It was good too. I love your twist with the colorful potatoes.

    Best,
    Bonnie

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bonnie, I know that Rhode Island clam chowder is made with a clear broth but I haven’t had it. Next time I head that way I must give it a try. I’m glad with the like my idea of using different potatoes. I like changing things up occasionally. Thank you for your nice comment.

  2. Sissi says:

    If I went to New England, I would certainly be one of these tourists ;-) I have never had any chowder in my life, not to mention the New England version. Your three-potato version looks fantastic!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sissi, I do hope that you will get the chance to visit New England some day. If you do, you will definitely have to try the chowder and of course a lobster roll as well. I’m glad you like my three potato version. Thank you for your compliment.

  3. Mary says:

    Hmm, it looks like “wicked good chowdah” but being a born & bred New Englander I know my family would look at it with a shifty eye! ;). That said, I’d love a bowl on this frosty morn!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary, I’m glad my born and bred New England friend thinks the “chowdah”is wicked good. Yes…I have messed with tradition and many will frown upon the potatoes I used. I had those pretty little potatoes and thought they would add color and fun to my normally white chowder. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  4. Norma Chang says:

    Fell in love with you chowder when I saw the photo of the finished chowder with the purple potato. Can you get red potato where you are (the interior is red)? If so, you can make a patriotic chowder on July Forth, how fun that would be to serve.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Norma, I’m glad you like my addition of the purple potatoes. I like the idea of a patriotic chowder for the 4th. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  5. Thanks for reminding me. Rich and lovely recipe.

  6. savourytable says:

    Clam chowder is my son’s favorite meal. I love your assortment of potatoes and so will he. I can’t wait to make this for him.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, My husband and I love clam chowder. I enjoyed the color that the potatoes added to the dish…it was fun for a change. I hope your son will enjoy the chowder. Thank you for your nice comment.

  7. rutheh says:

    Looks like a terrific way to warm up on a cold January day. Mmmmm.

  8. Monique says:

    Our daughters love this..I have a few recipes..one is a favorite.. I have even tried the very brothy ones from the Maritimes..and it was good also.
    Never saw purple:) Never too late to start..
    Bon Weekend~

    • Karen says:

      Hi Monique, It seems that the different seacoast regions all have a variation on chowder. I’ve had the brothy ones and they are good but my favorite are the thicker ones. I think my chowder with the purple potatoes is probably a first. I’m always up to try something a little different. Thank you for your nice comment and have a lovely weekend as well.

  9. New England Clam Chowder is among my top 5 favorite foods. Unfortunately in Texas one is challenged to find it made properly………..and you are quite correct as soon as I get to New England I begin eating Clam Chowder, Lobster and buckets and buckets of Steamers. You have made me so hungry……..tonight I am making your recipe!!!

    • Karen says:

      I have to agree with you Emil, New England Clam Chowder is good. My husband loves the steamers as well. Enjoy your chowder this evening. Thank you for your nice comment.

  10. I am guilty of doing the same! I always seek out the traditional foods of an area and when the vacation is said and done, it’s the food we ate that I remember. I like your twist with the coloured potatoes, adds some vibrancy to an all white soup. Beautiful!

    Nazneen

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nazneen. We do the same thing when we travel and enjoy whatever food the region is famous for. I’m glad you like my use of the different potatoes. Sometimes we all need a little extra color in our life. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  11. kbosin says:

    yum! What a dish for a cold day like this.

  12. Devany says:

    Great post. I am sharing this one on my Sassy Spoon site and on Facebook. Love the different potatoes.

  13. Devany says:

    Reblogged this on The Sassy Spoon: Fun Food! and commented:
    Great post from Back Road Journal…. New England Clam Chowder with four kinds of potatoes.

  14. We are on the same wave length, Karen. I just mentioned New England lobster rolls in my post this morning. I’m one of those people who would stand in line for a lobster roll no matter what time of year it was. We are big chowder fans and I love the bit of color the potatoes give your version. My recipe is similar to yours and we love it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cathy, I think anyone that visits New England leaves having had a lobster roll. Last year you could buy small lobsters for $3.99 a pound and everyone ate lobster like crazy. I’m glad you liked the color that the purple potatoes added to the chowder. Thank you for your nice comment.

  15. Kathleen says:

    I make the white, dh makes the Manhattan. I once made it for 200 people for a school fair, but we call it Long Island Clam Chowder since the clams come from down the block! :)
    I don’t use a recipe though, so I will give them yours when they ask for one, minus the bay and thyme. How many does that serve?
    Have a good weekend! We got more snow last night and it is in the teens.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kathleen, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. You will get about six cups of chowder, more or less. As you know it is very easy to adjust the recipe up or down. We have just been getting light dustings of snow lately but have six inches on the ground. It is supposed to get above freezing next week so we should have some melting. I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well.

  16. Lulu says:

    Oh, does this make my mouth water. You know, I don’t ever make it when I am in Houston and I’m not sure why that is. Great idea to add the different potatoes which give the chowder a sassy look! How are you faring the very cold weather?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, I think when you are home in Texas that you probably enjoy all the regional ingredients. I’m glad you like the different potatoes…I thought it was a fun change of pace. We are both doing good but it certainly has been indoor weather lately…zero at night, teens and twenties in the day.

  17. What a delightful looking chowder! I can say that being from the South where our clam chowder would probably be non-traditional to a New Englander anyway. :) Actually I love the touches of color and also that you used frozen clams. I feel like this chowder is very accessible for me to make, and I’d like to try it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Betsy, Thank you for your nice compliment. I enjoyed using the pretty colored potatoes…different from just a bowl of plain white chowder. I hope you enjoy the chowder when you try it.

  18. flavorsofthesun says:

    Oh my, I can almost taste this. Rich and comforting. Yum.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Victoria, I’m glad you like the chowder. It is a comforting meal for our very cold weather we are having now. The funny thing about it is that I love it just as much in the summer.

  19. Rachel says:

    Oh yes, please – do you ship (j)?? You know I crave lobster rolls… and clam chowdah just isn’t the same down here in central Texas – doctored up canned stuff is (sadly) about as good as it gets. Sigh… mmmmm….

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rachel, Doctored up canned soup has to do sometimes when you can’t get the ingredients to make it fresh. I know that fresh made is best but I bet you know how to make any soup taste good. Even in central Texas, I bet you can get gulf shrimp. Chop some up and use them in my recipe and it will be terrific, I do it all the time.

  20. I simply LOVE New England Clam Chowder and so did my dad. I haven’t made it since he passed – I believe that’s something wonderful to do this weekend while it’s so doggone cold! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelli, I hope you enjoy the comforting warmth of the soup and have wonderful memories of you dad as you do. I know what you mean about the cold…the highs have only gotten to the teens and lower twenties here. Thank you for your nice comment.

  21. I like your twist…esp. with purple potatoes. Yum!

  22. vagabonde says:

    I am going to copy your recipe. I have never made clam chowder although I have ordered it in restaurants many times – I think my favorite so far was at the Grand Central Oyster Bar in the Grand Central Station in New York City. I went to NYC in October 2011 to show support and they had a special menu – I still remember it. Their chocolate mousse was to die for!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vagabonde, I’m glad you like my chowder recipe. It is simple to make…I hope you will enjoy it. I’ve heard that the seafood at the Grand Central Oyster Bar is very good.

  23. I love clam chowder! Years ago we used to take vacations at Long Beach Island, New Jersey, and my wife and I want go up and down the island sampling the various clam chowders. Lots of fun, and such great food. Your version is a classic – I love it. I’m OK with the Manhattan clam chowder (with tomatoes), but the cream style is better. Have you ever had the clam chowder from Rocky Point Amusement Hall in Rhode Island (I think that’s the name of it – it’s been decades since I’ve been there)? They sere a Rhode Island clam chowder as part of their big shore dinner that actually does have tomatoes in it (in a thin broth – not like Manhattan), although that style isn’t characteristic of Rhode Island chowder as far as I know. Anyway, good post – thanks.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. It is so much fun to try chowders at different places to see if you can your favorite. I agree with you, I like the New England version better than Manhattan…not that it isn’t good. I have not been to the Rocky Point Amusement Hall in Rhode Island but I bet their shore dinner was great. I do know that their state’s version is a broth based chowder.

  24. Bonnie says:

    I love my chowder thick and white (no tomato broth for me please) and I like to add leeks. I love the purple potatoes. They make the soup so pretty. And you are so right about vacationers. I loved to try chowder and lobster rolls (whenever I can get them fresh).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bonnie, Yes, thick creamy white clam chowder is the best as far as I’m concerned, as well. I think the addition of leeks would be wonderful. I’m glad you liked the addition of the purple potatoes…they were a fun change of pace. There is nothing better than chowder and lobster rolls…I’m looking forward to our summer in Maine and lobster.

  25. Mmm, Clam Chowder is a bowl of comfort for me and I love the idea of adding a little color with the potatoes. I’ve used purple potatoes in a number of dishes just to make it more interesting — your chowder looks delicious with them. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Judy, Aren’t purple potatoes fun…they do make a dish so colorful. I’m glad you like my chowder recipe. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  26. Your clam chowder looks so tasty, I love that you used 3 potatoes!

  27. I agree with everyone here about the idea of using the 3 different potatoes, that’s a really great way to make it more interesting. I was always the chowda maker for parties but for some reason I haven’t made it in a long time. I’ve used the canned clams in mine but oh, the extra time & effort to cook up a nice batch of fresh clams to put in can be so worth the work – I don’t mince them, just toss the whole clam in. Of course when I serve it I make sure the majority of those clams happen to land in my own bowl.
    If you use the heavy cream, have you tried just leaving the flour out? I’ve never put flour in & it seems that the cream thickens things up just fine. I’m not crazy about the tomato based chowder either. It’s good, but not if you’re expecting this – my husband found out by mistakenly ordering Manhattan Clam Chowder although I’m sure it goes by many names.
    You’ve certainly presented the best of New England food in my opinion!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Diane, for your very kind words. I really do appreciate your compliment. It isn’t necessary to use flour in the chowder if you use heavy cream but it is necessary if your use half and half or milk as it will keep the milk from curdling.

  28. A_Boleyn says:

    Clam chowder is one of my favourite soups so I’d love yours. Even thought the purple potatoes are just slightly scary. :) mmmm…. bacon

    • Karen says:

      Hi Boleyn, I had the wonderful three varieties of potatoes and thought they would add color to the dish. With all the grey days, snow and bitter cold, I thought we needed something a little fun.

      • A_Boleyn says:

        The 3 colours were definitely fun and purple is my FAVOURITE colour as I was born in February and the amethyst is the official birthstone of the month. :)

  29. soffiagudrun says:

    I guess you know all about Howard Mitcham and the Provincetown Seafood Cookbook. If you do not have it and you see it used for a good deal I would get it for sure…

    Luxury to have an access to this lovely seafood.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sophia, It is wonderful to live in an area that has such wonderful fresh seafood. I try to take advantage of it when I can. I don’t have the Provincetown Seafood Cookbook and since Howard Mitcham’s death it is very hard to find at a reasonable price. But you never know when you will stumble across something like that at a sale at someones home.

  30. I won’t tell anyone about the potatoes ;) I adore clam chowder and this one looks amazing.

  31. Great recipe, Karen! This is one I’m keeping in my recipe book under “Karen’s New England clam chowder”. Thanks for such a treat :)

  32. Viveka says:

    Clam Chowder .. I like very much, even if I don’t like to eat clams. Nothing I have cooked myself, but I had one really good one and that was in Portland. Excellent, but the service was poor and when we didn’t tip the waiter enough – in his opinion – he came after us out on the street, so that spoiled the chowder.
    Your chowder looks fantastic and I like the yellow plate you have served it in.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Viveka, I think people like clams in the chowder because they are usually chopped small. There are some rude people…sorry one ruined you experience of the chowder you had in Portland. I like the yellow bowl as well. They are from France and I got them at a charity auction.

  33. This chowder looks fantastic my friend :)
    Rich and tasty!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  34. Karen, what a fantastic looking bowl of “colorful” New England Clam Chowder! I love the way you “adapted” the traditional recipe by adding some delicious and healthy purple potatoes to your chowder. They certainly look very elegant in that creamy broth together with all the other delicious ingredients! I only ate Clam Chowder once and enjoyed it tremendously – now that you posted the wonderful recipe and pictures, I think I should ask my trusted fish monger to try to order some fresh clams for me – mussels are easy to find around here but not fresh clams. Hopefully he will be able to order some for me. Thanks fo posting the delicious recipe and have a wonderful weekend!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Andrea, Thank you for your lovely compliment…I’m glad you like my adaptation. If your fish monger can’t get you fresh clams, maybe he can get you frozen as lots of restaurants use them. Have a wonderful weekend as well with your family.

      • Karen, I am happy tp report that my fish monger did manage to order some fresh clams for me – made the Chowder using your recipe but doubled it and all my guests agreed how delicious this Chowder was (told them all about your blog and the recipe). Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe! Have a great Thursday!

      • Karen says:

        Hi Andrea, I’m so happy to hear that your fish monger was able to get you fresh clams and that you made this dish for guests. Thank you for letting me know that everyone enjoyed the chowder…that is such a nice compliment. I appreciate that you have prepared so many of my recipes. Thank you!

  35. Love the different coloured potatoes in this chowder, Karen. The clam chowder is one of my happy foodie memories from a trip to Boston and I love the little crackers over the top.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hester, I’m glad I brought back nice memories of your trip to Boston. It appears that everyone likes the different colored potatoes. It is fun to do something a little different sometimes…and yes, the crackers are very traditional.

  36. Yum, yum, yum!! It’s raining today – a welcome break from the hot weather here – and I’m craving your clam chowder! And that’s what oyster crackers are – for some reason, I always thought they were oyster flavoured, not oyster shaped! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Celia, I’m glad that you got to see what an oyster cracker looks like. No taste of oyster in them…actually it is a little plain cracker. I bet you have something very similar that people enjoy with soup. Thank you for your nice comment.

  37. When I visited the States four years ago I knew I should’ve travelled to New England (instead of Houston to visit a friend – wonderful to see her but really didn’t like Houston) as I love everything seafood. No point kicking myself as I can now cook a chowder, thanks to your post. Well, I’ll have to sub the clam broth (that won’t be available here) with chicken, I suppose.

  38. Hi, Karen: We must be on the same wave length. I wrote a draft today about the cold weather and making N.E. fish chowder. Never thought to use colored potatoes, but I’d be willing to give it a try. Yours looks great!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carolyn, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. I’m glad that you liked my chowder with the colored potatoes. With the bitter cold weather that we had this week, chowder is a warming meal.

  39. I like the blue potatoes!

  40. Tandy says:

    What a coincidence, I bought frozen clams yesterday!

  41. What a great idea to cook the purple potatoes separately! It’s also a great idea to use the colored potatoes! I’m so glad to see you use frozen clams and that canned are okay, too. This is a great recipe and not too many steps. My husband is a big, big fan of New England Clam Chowder. I love potato soup…we’d both be happy! :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, The chowder is simple to make. I keep frozen clams in the freezer as they are handy when you want to put together a quick meal. I hope the two of enjoy the recipe. Thank you for your nice comment.

  42. GrayFoxDown says:

    Now that would be dangerously delicious on a winter day here in Brooklyn.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Michael, Thank you for stopping by for a visit. It seems we need all the help we can get to stay warm with the bitter temperatures lately. Thank you for your nice comment.

  43. Massi says:

    Very Intresting with 3 differents Potatos Karen…I really like it!!!

  44. I really need to make it make to The Cape and Nantucket for my fill of clam chowder and lobster rolls. I also love the seafood bisque at Baxter’s Boathouse in Hyannis. We always have a bowl before we head out on the Steamship Authority. I may need to see what is available to rent this summer. : )

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary, There is nothing quite as good as a lobster roll and a cup of clam chowder. I haven’t been down to the Cape and Nantucket in a couple of years.

  45. Diane says:

    It looks different but oh so delish. I could just eat that now right off the screen. Yum yum. Have a good week. Diane

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, I’m glad you like the clam chowder recipe. Yes, it is different with the three kinds of potatoes. I liked the additional color the potatoes added to the dish…the taste remained the same. Thank you for your nice compliment. Have a lovely week as well.

  46. Love mixing up chowder with the three different potatoes, especially the purple guys. Probably the most color chowder I’ve ever seen Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jed, I’m glad that you like my colorful chowder. During the drab days of winter, I think we need all the color we can get. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  47. Mad Dog says:

    I think I’d want New England Clam Chowder too – especially your version ;-)

  48. petit4chocolatier says:

    Karen, you are so scandalous with the potatoes.., love it! One of my favorites is a thick and creamy New England clam chowder soup. Yours is the best I have seen in a long time. It looks so delicious. Yes, I want a lobster roll and your soup now. Over the top delicious :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Judy, for your lovely compliment…I agree with you about thick and creamy chowder being a favorite. I’m glad you can appreciate my scandalous use of colored potatoes in my chowder. :)

  49. Karen I love your idea of using different coloured potatoes. I also love chowder but I have never had a bowl on New England clam chowder – definitely one for me to try.

    • Karen says:

      Hi B, I think you will enjoy New England clam chowder…whether it is plain white or with my colorful potatoes. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  50. Wow, sounds like a great soup for a cold winter day. And I love the purple potatoes!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary, Hearty and creamy clam chowder is a wonderful way to warm up your day when it is is cold outside. I’m glad you like the addition of the purple potatoes. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  51. ChgoJohn says:

    Perfection, Karen, regardless of what color the potatoes are! There’s nothing like a good bowl of chowder, just like you’ve shared here. And, like any great chowder, there’s a nice bit of bacon to start if off. Clams and bacon were surely meant to be served together. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, When the weather is cold outside, there is nothing finer than a bowl of clam chowder. I totally agree…bacon and clams are terrific together. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe and I appreciate your compliment.

  52. Suzanne says:

    I’m all for colour in food. Apart from the health benefits of eating a variety of naturally coloured foods, it is just plain pretty, so I approve of your messing with a traditional dish.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Suzanne, I had to smile when you said you approved of my messing with this traditional recipe. It appears that everyone is in agreement about the three varieties of potatoes. I agree about the health benefits of including a variety of naturally colored foods in our diet. Thank you for your compliment.

  53. Kristy says:

    As I’m watching ice forming all over our windows, I’m thinking this chowda would be fantastic! :) I like the touch of color too.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristy, It really does sound like you could use a bowl of chowder…I hope it warms up for you soon. I’m glad you liked the color the potatoes added. Thank you for your nice comment.

  54. Kathy says:

    Karen, I should not be looking at your recipes while on this three week detox program. My stomach is growling and would love to sample a bowl of this delicious soup. Let’s not even talk about lobster rolls.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kathy, Once you are totally detoxed, I’m sure there is going to a long list of things you are going to want to eat. You will just have to add these to the list.

  55. Lea Ann says:

    I’d love to have real New England Clam Chowder. I had threatened to make it if the Patriots had made the Superbowl. I’ll save your recipe for when I’m feeling brave.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lea Ann, No Patriots participating in the Superbowl this year…oh well. The recipe for my chowder is the real deal…just use plain potatoes.

  56. wok with ray says:

    You are right, I am one of those who’d never seen purple potatoes in a clam chowder. It looks beautiful, Karen! That is such a great take on the chowder. Have a good week ahead, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ray, I think I created a first…I’m glad you like the looks of it. It is fun to be a little creative with your meals. I hope you have a wonderful week as well.

  57. Rosa Mayland says:

    A wonderful dish! I’d love to visit New England and eat chowder as well as lobster rolls.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  58. hotlyspiced says:

    I think the purple potatoes add a lovely colour to the chowder. I’ve never actually made a chowder before; I don’t think it’s as popular here as it is in your part of the world. Looks delicious xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charlie, I agree…I don’t think I have ever heard anyone mention chowder that is from Australia. It is a good dish that I think you would enjoy. I’m glad you like the purple potatoes that I added.

  59. Pam says:

    It looks hearty and so comforting and delicious.

  60. Larry says:

    NE clam chowder may well be my favorite soup. I’ve seen recipes without it, but I believe it must begin with bacon and we’ll try your recipe.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Larry, Don’t you just love the rich and hearty flavor of New England clam chowder. A lot of people use salt pork but I really like the use bacon. I use a thick applewood smoked bacon made in New Hampshire (Northwood) which was rated the best bacon in the US. It is so deliciously meaty and smoky that I don’t use as much as I would of regular bacon and it adds great flavor to any dish. I hope you will enjoy my recipe.

  61. Hannah says:

    What a beautiful chowder you created! I grew up on New England clam chowder (and lobster rolls) in Massachusetts and this brings back memories. You included a lovely variety of potatoes, too – the purple adds such nice color.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hannah, I appreciate your nice compliment, especially coming from someone that grew up in Massachusetts. I’m glad you approve of my addition of a variety of potatoes. Sometimes we need a little color during the winter.

  62. magentmama says:

    Hi, I found you on blogspot through my friend Life in the Charente, you commented under her post Casablanca. I am saucysiciliana.blogspot.com, in case you are interested in pictures of Trapani, Sicily:) I am Sicilian but I grew up in New York. Would you believe in all those years I never had clam chowder? I don’t like seafood so will look through your other food…I see you have lots of recipes.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Francesca, It is nice to meet a friend of Diane…welcome. I can believe that you never had chowder growing up in New York, especially if you don’t like seafood. I do have a lot of recipes…all original. I hope you will enjoy spending time visiting my blog. Thank you for your comment.

  63. Looks fantastic! Thanks for the tip about cooking the blue potatoes separately. Though, in all honesty, I like the idea of a blue chowder :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Daisy, Thank you for your lovely compliment. I’m glad you like the blue potatoes in the recipe. I know that you love fun food and experimenting with food so I’m not surprised that you would think blue chowder would be interesting. :)

  64. I’ve made so many soups in my life but must confess to never making clam chowder. Ever. It looks so good and I love the color. Am happy to break tradition (despite watching 2 seasons of Downton Abbey in the last 10 days!)
    I do like the New England chowder better than the Manhatten or whomever’s is red. Maybe because all my mother’s side of the family is from Newport :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Wendy, I’m glad you like my chowder. I agree with you, I like New England’s version better than Manhattan’s red chowder. Thank you for your compliment.

  65. aprilarnold says:

    I’m a huge fan of red & purple potatoes (and messing around with traditional recipes). Can’t wait to give this one a try!

    • Karen says:

      Hi April, I’m happy that you stopped by for a visit. I’m glad you like the use of a variety of potatoes in the chowder. Thank you for your comment and I hope you will enjoy the chowder.

  66. I love using Wondra too. Great tip! I can’t eat clams, but this looks yummy and comforting.

  67. Your clam chowder looks terrific, Karen! And don’t you just love Wondra? It’s saved me from many a lump :)

  68. Claudia says:

    We are big chowder fans here. (And there aren’t enough lobster rolls in the world sate me). I love using the different potatoes. It’s January in Minnesota. I don’t need to come indoors and looks at my dinner plate and just see of sea of white!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Claudia, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. I’m glad you like the variety of potatoes. Yes…when it is white outside a little color at the table is nice as far as I’m concerned.

  69. Joanne says:

    Such a classically delicious meal! Just can’t go wrong with a bowl of this!

  70. Gourmantine says:

    I’ve never actually tasted clam chowder, but it looks so good, and I love purple potatoes, they add so much color to each dish!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gourmantine, I think you should definitely try clam chowder…it is one of the most well known and loved dishes in New England. Thank you for your visit and nice comment.

  71. Beth says:

    What a gorgeous chowder! It sounds wonderful.

  72. Susan says:

    I love clam chowder and I recognized those purple potatoes immediately :) Great idea to cook them separately though. New England clam chowder is my favorite – delicious recipe. Don’t give me any of that red, Manhattan stuff :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, I’m glad you are a New England clam chowder lover…I agree it is much better than the red stuff. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  73. juliana says:

    I love the idea of using 3 kind of potatoes…I had to take a double look to make sure that the purple was the potatoes…because I looked at the picture before reading the title :)
    I love clam chowder and I am sure that I would love this version.
    Have a wonderful week Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Juliana, I’m glad you like the use of the three potatoes and the recipe for the clam chowder. Thank you for your lovely compliment and wish. I hope you have a great week as well.

  74. rsmacaalay says:

    True thats look different the purple potatoes gave it a visual edge. This is one of my favourite soups of all time and were lucky that fresh clams are very easy to find here in NZ specially when in season

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Raymond for your nice compliment…I’m glad you like that I added the purple potatoes. It is nice to know that you have the availability of clams in NZ…your seafood is all so wonderful.

  75. i am not sure i could stop at just one bowl. It looks amazing and so comforting

  76. Carolyn Jung says:

    I like the injection of color that the purple potatoes give. Nothing better than a big bowl of chowder on a wicked cold night.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carolyn, I thought the variety of colored potatoes was a nice change for a normally white chowder. During the winter months when everything is white with snow outside…it just seemed like a fun thing to do. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  77. lvaletutto says:

    I really miss clam chowder from when we were still living in RI. My favorite clam shack in Narragansett went out of business (switched hands) many years ago and I managed to get the recipe from the cook before hand, very luckily! I will have to share the recipe on my blog sometime soon, that is if I can find any clams in Germany!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laura, I know that when you move…you always miss some of your favorite foods that you learned to love. I still miss the good Mexican food that I enjoyed when I lived in Texas. Is your recipe for the R.I. chowder with a clear broth? I have another blogger from Germany that is checking to see if there fish monger can get her clams. Perhaps you might be able to find frozen or canned clams for your chowder.

  78. Jerry says:

    I confess to never being a huge fan of clam chowder. I tried some one our visit to Maine and I think the clams hadn’t been cleaned well as it was gritty – with sand. I’ll have to get over that and give this a try!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jerry, I can so relate to sand ruining a seafood dish. When I lived in Florida, I gave up eating scallops at restaurants because they were not properly cleaned. One bite of sand and I don’t want to continue. If you go to my post Fregula Con Vongole you will see how I purge the clams of sand. They can also be rinsed again after chopping.

  79. Katerina says:

    Ok, I lived in New England but, and this is very unfortunate, I never tried either! This is so sad, especially as I look at this yummy chowder you made! I think I must pay NH a visit to remember my college days and try the chowder and the rolls!

    • Karen says:

      Oh my goodness Katerina, I can’t believe you didn’t try clam chowder or lobster rolls while living in New England. I hope you do get a chance to return to New Hampshire and get to try these famous classics.

  80. Yummy. Clams have a ton of B12, something I’m trying to eat more of. This sounds like a perfectly decadent way to get my dose.

  81. tasteblog says:

    I adore your take on chowder. Color is everything! And it must have been delicious!
    LL

  82. Ruth says:

    Everyone loves a good scandal, Karen! I absolutely love the colors in your chowder. I mean, clam chowder is awesome, but i can be pretty depressing to look at. You’ve made it as fun to look at as to eat!

  83. megtraveling says:

    You are correct about no tomatoes! And I’ve always liked the oyster crackers too… :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meg, I’m glad that you agree about New England clam chowder being better than the tomato based chowders. And oyster crackers…they do go so well. Thank you for your comment.

  84. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    The other day or was it yesterday… SF Gate was featuring an article about SF clam chowder vs New England clam chowder. I didn’t get to read it but now I’m curious what was written. Your clam chowder looks amazing. To me, it doesn’t matter where it’s from (I live in SF), as long as it’s delicious, like your chowder! We’re about to eat dinner and now I crave your chowder more than dinner I made for tonight… hmmm… ;)

  85. kaprise says:

    I love the idea of using different kinds of potatoes in the chowder, especially those gorgeous blue ones! :)

  86. Wow! If the Mention of $5 Lobster rolls stole my heart, then Clam Chowder could be my other love. My mum actually makes an amazing seafood chowder (with sweet corn) kinda Asian style. I rarely eat a seafood based soup but I’ve heard of ‘Clam Chowder’ of course and your multi colored variety looks very moreish and creamy nonetheless!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alli, The price of lobster last year was great…it will be interesting to so what it will be this summer. I’m sure I would enjoy your mother’s seafood chowder with sweet corn. Thank you for your nice compliment, I appreciate it as usual.

  87. Love that soup and today is a good day for it.

  88. I am not a big fan of clam chowder (sorry!) but I love the purple potatoes.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ducky, Not everyone likes the same thing…so I understand that you aren’t a fan of clam chowder. What I do know is that I always appreciate your comments…thank you for being a loyal reader of my blog.

  89. canalcook says:

    Looks lovely. I had no idea you could get canned clams..

  90. trangquynh says:

    gosh, the chowder looks sooooooo colorful and mouth-watering, I’ve never tried to cook something with purple potatoes :(

    • Karen says:

      Hi Trang, Our market just started carrying the purple potatoes. It was fun using them in the normally white chowder…I’m glad you like the looks of it. New England clam chowder is a favorite of mine. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  91. I love all the beautiful colors in your clam chowder, especially the purple potatoes! Usually clam chowder is boring to look at, but tastes delicious:-) Yours looks gorgeous, and I love your recipe, the addition of thick pieces of bacon is perfect! Hugs, Terra

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Terra for your visit and your lovely compliment. Even though I love clam chowder, as you said the white color can be boring. It was fun to make it a little more interesting with the different varieties of potatoes, especially the purple ones.

  92. bellasabroad says:

    Mmmm. A huge favourite of my boys. I made your recipe tonight! Thanks!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Trina, I always enjoy hearing from a reader that has made one of my recipes. Thank you so much for letting me know that you tried my chowder recipe and enjoyed it. I appreciate your comment.

  93. Perfect karen, and why not play a little with the colour? I’m sure teh different kinds of potatoes give the dish some extra flavours.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Claire, I’m glad you like the chowder with the colorful variety of potatoes. It was delicious and was more fun than just plain white chowder…especially on a cold snowy night.

  94. cabinet stew says:

    scandalous indeed!! but I like your colorful twist on tradition!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, I knew my New England readers might think this recipe was a little scandalous but it was fun. Glad you like the twist…thanks.

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