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Big Island Clam Chowder

Photo by stu_spivack
Categories: Fish, Seafood, Soups
4 serving
Photo by stu_spivack
Step 1
1 pt • Coconut milk
1 • Cream of coconut - Small Can
2 • shallots • diced small
3 whole • Lemon leaves
1/4 cup • Chinese chili sauce
1 qt • Seafood Brodo
In a 4 quart sauce pan, combine the coconut milk, cream of coconut, shallots, lemon leaves, chili sauce and seafood brodo.

Bring to a simmer over medium heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes to combined flavors. After 5 minutes have passed turn off the heat and set aside.
Step 2
3 slice • Smoked bacon • chopped small
1 tsp • Lemon grass • finely minced
1/2 cup • Onion - small • small diced
1/2 cup • Celery • small diced
1 • Garlic clove • Sliced thin
6 oz • Butter - unsalted
2 oz • All purpose flour
1 cup • Heavy cream
1 tbsp • Thyme • finely chopped
2 cup • Idaho potatoes • small diced
24 each • Manilla clams
6 drop • Tabasco
3 cup • Quality Clam Broth
1 oz • Anise Honey
In a heavy bottom sauce pot, place a small amount of oil and diced bacon. Cover pan and place over low heat.

While stirring occasionally, render bacon until is begins to crisp. Add celery and onions. Cover and sweat over low heat until celery and onions become translucent. Add lemon grass, cook for 2 minutes. Add flour and continue to cook for 2 minutes while stirring constantly. After 3 minutes add the clam broth and stir until smooth.

Bring to a light simmer and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the flour has been cooked out.

Add diced potatoes and half of the cream. Simmer gently until the potatoes are just cooked. Add tabasco, honey and thyme. Season soup with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.

At time of service bring the poached liquid back to a strong simmer. Add the manilla clams and cook gently until the clams open. Remove clams from thir shells and place in a small amount of the warm broth for service. Heat 4 vessels for soup.
Step 3
1/4 cup • Shredded coconut
12 leaf • Sage • fried
1 whole • Lemon zest from 1 lemon
Finish the chowder with cold diced butter and divide between the four serving vessels. Spoon 2 tablespoons along with 6 of the poached clams into each soup. Garnish with three leaves of fried sage, toasted coconut and lemon zest.


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