Clam Chowder

Recipe Ingredients:
2 lb. steamer clams
1 c. onion, diced
1 tbls. garlic,
5 red potatoes, chopped
2 c. clam juice
2 c. water
1 tbls. flour
2 slices bacon, diced
1/2 c. celery, diced
1 tsp. salt

In large soup pot add water and salt. Steam clams until they just open. Remove clams from shells and chop. Reserved the cooking liquid. In medium soup pot add diced bacon. Cook until crisp. Add celery, onion, and garlic. Cook until tender. Add diced red potatoes and flour. Cook for 3 minutes. Add reserved clam juice (pass the reserved cooking liquid through a cheesecloth to eliminate any sand), and clams. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer until potatoes are tender. Serve with oyster crackers.
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