Friday, February 19, 2010

Meatless Fridays

This week's meal is pure comfort food! There is nothing like it on a cold winter's evening. Bake up a crusty loaf of artisan bread and settle in for the night...
This week's Meatless Friday meal is:


1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic
4 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1 cup diced celery
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 (10 ounce) cans minced clams, drained with juice reserved
1 quart half-and-half cream
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Old Bay seasoning to taste

In a blender, combine onion, garlic and enough water to make a smooth paste.
Set aside.
In a large pot, combine potatoes, celery, salt, pepper, onion mixture and juice from clams. Augment with enough water (or bottled clam juice for extra flavor) to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are soft, 20 minutes.
Stir in half-and-half and sugar. Combine melted butter and flour, then whisk into soup. Cook and stir until thickened. Stir in clams and adjust seasonings. Add Old Bay to taste.

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JenniferM said...

A dummy here.
What is Old Bay?
I've never heard of it.
Is there a good substitute?

JoAnnC. said...

Hey Jennifer,
Old Bay is a seafood seasoning. You should be able to find it in the spice aisle at your grocery store. It's in a yellow and red tin.

JenniferM said...

Yum! That was very good -- even the 2 & 3 year olds gobbled it up. I didn't make paste with the onions, and I added corn at the end. I forgot to look for Old Bay, so threw in some Tony Chachere instead. I think I'll add more clams next time as my husband said it was the best potato soup he'd ever had. : ) Thanks!