This chowder was very good--although it didn't have a strong enough clam flavor (even though I used an extra can of clams with the extra juice). It was actually better the next day. I began by frying some chopped bacon and sauteing the onion in the bacon grease, because I've never seen a recipe for clam chowder without bacon or salt pork. Then I followed the recipe as printed, sprinkling the bacon bits on the top of each bowl. I actually liked the idea of thickening with crackers instead of a flour/butter roux, though this may account for the starchy flavor versus the more appealing clam flavor. I'll use this again, though, perhaps using bottled clam juice in place of the water. Thanks for posting.
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This chowder was very good--although it didn't have a strong enough clam flavor (even though I...