Coconut Clam Chowder (DF & GF)

9 Mar
Coconut Clam Chowder (DF & GF)

Coconut Clam Chowder (DF & GF)

If you`ve been hanging around Chile and Salt for a bit you probably know how I feel about soup. I love them, adore them, cherish & sometimes dream about them! Smooth & creamy, hearty & chunky, hot & spicy or cool & fresh no matter, they all land at the top of my favorites list! It`s a sickness I have & will readily admit but am not ashamed in the least.
Now let`s talk chowder`s. Who doesn’t love a bowl of creamy New England Clam Chowder. It`s really the definition of pure comfort food. This simple man`s plan to healthier eating today is a lightened up dairy free, gluten free take on this classic in the form of Coconut Clam Chowder (DF & GF). I simply replaced the cream or milk with Coconut Milk & I have to say it was absolutely delicious. This comes together really easily & quickly so what are you waiting for!
Here`s what you`ll need for your Coconut Clam Chowder (DF & GF):
Baby or Minced Clams- 1  28oz can
Coconut Milk-1  14oz can
Chicken or Fish Stock- 4 cups
Potatoes- 2 cups cubed
Onion- 1 cup chopped
Celery- 1 cup chopped
Carrots- 1 cup chopped
Garlic- 2 cloves minced
Bacon- 4 oz(precook weight) browned & crispy
Bacon Grease- 2 Tablespoons
Fresh Thyme- a few sprigs or 1 teaspoon dried
Sambal Oelek, Siracha or other hot sauce- 1 Tablespoon (optional)Coconut Clam Chowder1The stars of the show.Coconut Clam Chowder2

Let`s get the prep work or mise en place done first. This always helps as a way to keep yourself organized. Chop, brown & crisp the bacon. Remove to paper towels to drain reserving 2 tablespoons of grease in your soup pot or Dutch oven. Chop the carrots, celery & onion, mince the garlic & cube your potatoes.Coconut Clam Chowder3 Heat the reserved bacon grease over medium high heat & add the carrots, celery & onion. Cook 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally.Coconut Clam Chowder4

Add in the garlic & cook for a minute more.Coconut Clam Chowder5

Toss in the cubed potatoes.Coconut Clam Chowder6

Now your stock & the liquid from the clams.Coconut Clam Chowder7

Don`t forget the Thyme. Bring to a boil & reduce heat to a simmer for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are soft but not mushy. We want them to retain their textural character.Coconut Clam Chowder8

Now it`s time for the coconut milk, clams, bacon & Sambal Oelec or hot sauce if using. Into the pool they go.Coconut Clam Chowder9

Stir well & bring back to a simmer for 10 minutes. Taste & adjust your seasoning as needed. (S & P) That`s it, really so stupid easy was it not?

Coconut Clam Chowder (DF & GF)

Coconut Clam Chowder (DF & GF)

Serve & enjoy your Coconut Clam Chowder (DF & GF)!!

Coconut Clam Chowder (DF & GF)

Coconut Clam Chowder (DF & GF)

Coconut Clam Chowder (DF & GF)

Ingredients

  • Baby or Minced Clams- 1 28oz can
  • Coconut Milk-1 14oz can
  • Chicken or Fish Stock- 4 cups
  • Potatoes- 2 cups cubed
  • Onion- 1 cup chopped
  • Celery- 1 cup chopped
  • Carrots- 1 cup chopped
  • Garlic- 2 cloves minced
  • Bacon- 4 oz(precook weight) browned & crispy
  • Bacon Grease- 2 Tablespoons
  • Fresh Thyme- a few sprigs or 1 teaspoon dried
  • Sambal Oelek, Siracha or other hot sauce- 1 Tablespoon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop, brown & crisp the bacon. Remove to paper towels to drain reserving 2 tablespoons of grease in your soup pot or Dutch oven.
  2. Chop the carrots, celery & onion, mince the garlic & cube your potatoes.
  3. Heat the reserved bacon grease over medium high heat & add the carrots, celery & onion. Cook 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Add in the garlic & cook for a minute more.
  5. Toss in the cubed potatoes.
  6. Now your stock, Thyme & the liquid from the clams.
  7. Bring to a boil & reduce heat to a simmer for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are soft but not mushy. We want them to retain their textural character.
  8. Now it`s time for the coconut milk, clams, bacon & Sambal Oelec or hot sauce if using. Into the pool they go.
  9. Stir well & bring back to a simmer for 10 minutes. Taste & adjust your seasoning as needed. (S & P)
  10. Serve & enjoy your Coconut Clam Chowder (DF & GF)!!
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