Manhattan Clam Chowder Tips
What's the difference between New England and Manhattan clam chowder?
You can tell these two types of soup
apart by the cream. Manhattan clam chowder does not contain cream, while New England clam chowder
does. Manhattan uses a tomato base instead and typically calls for more vegetables compared to the New England version.
What is the origin of Manhattan clam chowder?
Manhattan clam chowder originated from a soup cookbook published in 1934 by Virginia Elliot and Robert Jones, long after New England clam chowder was born. When Manhattan chowder came to be, many were in an uproar for it competing with the New England original. A Maine legislator even introduced a bill that outlawed the use of tomatoes in any clam chowder recipe! Today, both New England and Manhattan chowders are loved, but there is still a healthy competition between the two.
Can you make this recipe in a Crock-Pot?
With some slight alternations, you can make Manhattan clam chowder in a Crock-Pot or Instant Pot on the slow cooker setting. Check out the directions for our slow-cooker Manhattan clam chowder recipe
Can you make this recipe with fresh clams?
Yes, you can use fresh clams for this recipe by steaming and mincing the clams before making the chowder. To steam, place clams in a covered stockpot with a cup and a half of water. Cook for about 8-10 minutes on medium-high, or until shells pop open. Remove shells from stockpot and scoop clam meat out. Mince clam meat and voila!
Your clams are ready.
How long does homemade Manhattan clam chowder last in the fridge?
Manhattan clam chowder can last between 1-2 days in the refrigerator. Also, keep in mind if you shuck fresh clams, they will last for 1-2 days as well
. If you'd like to enjoy your chowder for longer, you can also freeze it. We recommending freezing this recipe for up to 3 months in an airtight freezer container. Get more tips with our complete guide for how to freeze soup
1 cup: 91 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 652mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.