Seattle is best known for Starbucks, Amazon, Jimi Hendrix, and rain. Today, with this recipe, we will put Seattle on the map when it comes to clam chowder. You don’t have to come from the northeast to make some killer clams with uber garlicky bread and your produce doesn’t have to be perfectly shaped and blemish-free to be delicious. So grab a platonic friend and whip up this Seattle inspired, warm your belly, perfectly imperfect recipe tonight!
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Imperfect Foods Clam Chowder with Garlicky Bread.
1. Info for Imperfect Foods Clam Chowder with Garlicky Bread
- Cook Time: 15 min
- Total Time: 15 min
- Servings: 2
2. Ingredients for Imperfect Foods Clam Chowder with Garlicky Bread
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 cup celery leaves (top leaves from the celery stalk)
- 2 potatoes
- 2 tablespoons dried thyme
- 11 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 cup clam juice
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 pounds clams
- 1/3 baguette (cut in half like you’re making a sandwich)
- 8 tablespoons butter (staples)
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (optional – if you’re going meatless, skip the bacon and add this)
- Start the soup – Place a large pot over med-high heat and toss in 2 tablespoons of butter. Give your bacon a rough chop and add it to the pot. Spritz with a bit of water to help it get crispy.
- Building flavor – Slice your celery lengthwise into strips and then into tiny pieces. Add the celery to the pot. Dice the potatoes and add them to the pot. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of thyme into the pot and stir. Toss the garlic clove in whole. Add your white wine, clam juice, heavy cream, and bring to a boil.
- Clam time – Remove each clam from the water, one at a time, and check that they are closed and not cracked. Toss all of your good clams into the soup. Cover your pot and let the clams steam in the soup.
- Garlicky bread – Place a large pan over medium heat. Add 6 tablespoons butter to the hot pan. Grab the remaining garlic. Cut the end off one clove and set aside. Then place the rest of your garlic cloves on a cutting board and smash them. Add the cloves, paper and all, to the butter. Toss in a tablespoon of thyme and season with salt and pepper. Once the butter has melted, place your two pieces of bread, soft sides down, and fry them up.
- Almost done – Give your celery tops a rough chop. Toss half in the soup and set the other half aside for garnish. Season with salt and pepper. Grab a plate and a bowl. Set the bowl on the plate and ladle some soup into the bowl. Garnish soup with a sprinkle of celery leaves. Pull the bread out of the pan once crispy. Grab your last clove of garlic and rub the cut end over the crispy surface of your bread pieces. Place your garlicky bread on the plate, alongside the soup, and enjoy!
- Hot Tip! Calm your clams! Soak your clams in cold, salted water until you are ready to use them, it totally chills them out.