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  1. 6 lbs 2724g / 96oz Cherrystone clams

  2. 3 lbs 1362g / 48oz Onions - each coarsely (medium) Chopped But kept separate

  3. 1 Celery rib with leaves - cut 2" pieces

  4. 1 Carrot - peeled, halved

  5. 2 Bay leaves

  6. 3 sections Fresh thyme - plus

  7. 1 tablespoon 15ml Chopped fresh thyme

  8. 2 cups 474ml Water

  9. 1/2 cup 118ml Clam juice

  10. 1/2 lb 227g / 8oz Slab bacon - cut 1/4" dice

  11. 2 tablespoons 30ml Unsalted butter

  12. 8 tablespoons 120ml White new potatoes - cut 1/4" dice (small)

  13. 2 cups 474ml Heavy cream Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste

  14. 2 tablespoons 30ml Chopped flat-leaf parsley Optional Oyster crackers - for serving

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  1. Recipe Instructions Wash the clams well in cold water and put into a heavy soup pot. Add 1 chopped onion, the celery, carrot, 1 bay leaf and the thyme sprigs. Add water and clam juice. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the clams open, shaking the pot occasionally. Remove clams from their shells, pouring any remaining broth back into the pot. Cover the clams and set aside. Strain the broth through a fine sieve and set aside. Add the bacon to the pot and cook over low heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon is slightly crisp, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining chopped onions, the remaining bay leaf, chopped thyme and butter. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring, to wilt the onions. Add the potatoes and the strained broth. Simmer, partially covered, over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through. Skim any foam that rises to the surface. Meanwhile, coarsely chop the reserved clams. Add them to the pot along with the cream; simmer over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until the clams are just cooked through. Do not overcook. Season generously with pepper and stir in the parsley. Serve in mugs with oyster crackers, if desired. This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings. Per serving (based on 8), without the oyster crackers: 464 calories, 25g carbohydrates, 36g protein, 23g fat, 114mg cholesterol.


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