Shirley’s Maine Clam Chowder
1 (8 ounce) jar clam juice
3 large russet potatoes
peeled and cubed
8 slices bacon
cut into small pieces
1 large onion
2 stalks celery
2 quarts shucked clams
2 cups half-and-half cream
In a small saucepan, heat clam juice and peeled potatoes. Bring water to a boil and let simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.
Place bacon in a large stock pot. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Stir in onions and celery. Cook until vegetables are soft.
Add potatoes, clam juice and clams to the stock pot. Heat until simmering.
In a separate pot, gently warm (do not boil) half and half. Pour warm half and half into the stock pot and heat just until warmed through. Do not boil the chowder or the cream will separate. Serve hot.
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