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Cape Cod Quahog Chowder

Cape Cod Quahog Chowder
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This Cape Cod Quahog Chowder is best made several hours ahead of serving time, for this allows it to "season." The next day it tastes even better.

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  • 1 pint quahogs (shelled and coarsely ground)
  • 1/4 pound salt pork
  • 2 medium onions
  • 4 medium potatoes
  • liquor from quahogs
  • evaporated milk (tall can)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper


Try out (fry) salt pork cut into tiny squares. Reserve the bits of salt pork. Fry onions in the fat, being careful not to burn. Peel the potatoes, cut in cubes, and add to the onions. Cover with water, and simmer gently until potatoes are cooked through. Add the ground quahogs and their liquor, and bring to a near boil. Let simmer (but do not boil) for 5 minutes. Add evaporated milk, undiluted. Scald, but do not boil. (This is important, for if it boils after the milk is added, the chowder will curdle). Add butter, salt and pepper, and the reserved pork scraps. Serve steaming hot.

Updated Friday, August 17th, 2007

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2 Responses to Cape Cod Quahog Chowder

  1. Joyce July 7, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    This is the vaguest, most difficult recipe I have ever tried to follow.
    I am extremely disappointed in this

    • Chloe June 29, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

      This recipe is EXACTLY how my mother made Quahog (and clam) chowder in the 40’s and 50’s when I was growing up in Massachusetts. She didn’t have a recipe, she ‘eyeballed’ it, but these are her ingredients, and her method, right down to adding the butter when serving. Thanks for posting this one. She basically used the same method and ingredients for Fish chowder, except she used fresh Milk instead of the canned mild, for a little thinner chowder. She always served it with oyster crackers or common crackers.

      She would NEVER use flour to thicken as most people and restaurants do today; she considered that to be heresy! She used to say, if you use flour, you are making a ‘bisque’, not a chowder. Hahaha! I sure do miss her.

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