Inspired by putting together a traditional New England style clam chowder this week for my family, I asked myself how do I take this to a #keto level? The ingredients I used for the “traditional” style weren’t all bad, the russet potatoes were really the only offender.
With our #keto lifestyle, we generally substitute cauliflower for potatoes and the switch usually turns out very tasty.
While I’ve been using my pressure cooker for everything lately, you can duplicate this recipe easily in a dutch oven or large soup pot. I’m going to keep this really simple because if it’s simple you are more likely to do it! Have your eyes ever glazed over a laundry list of ingredients and became totally turned off? Yep, me too. That’s why I like to write in short paragraphs (so you don’t get bored) and keep my recipes as simple as possible (so you cook the food!).
Sadly I didn’t think to take pics when I originally made this, but there is no doubt I will make it again and will capture all the goodness on digital for you. In the meantime pictures don’t make the food, you do. So give this shot and I think you will be chowder obsessed!
Keto Seafood Chowder
1 Medium onion – diced
3 Stalks celery – diced
1 Large head of cauliflower – steamed
2 Large cans or 16 oz frozen clams – roughly chopped (I use canned- yet to find frozen but apparently it’s out there and better than canned, so if you can find frozen go for it!)
2 Cans of crab (this is optional, it does up the cost of the chowder)
1/2 lb Bacon- or more, just don’t skimp on the bacon!
1/2 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning- spice makes everything wonderful so don’t be shy!
1 tspn salt – to your liking (add in the teaspoon, test afterwards, your bacon will bring salt too so it’s better to add later than to over do it)
1 Quart of WHOLE milk
1 Pint of heavy whipping cream
1 Cup either chicken broth, clam juice (I used the juice from the cans) or water
First we are going to start the bacon to browning and releasing it’s fat. Don’t rush it, medium heat is fine.
While the bacon is browning, let’s take HALF the cauliflower that has been steamed and roughly chop, pieces to your liking. The other half will now go into your food processor or blender with the liquid you have chosen (broth, clam juice or water). Puree this combo until smooth and thick (this puree will be your thickener so make sure it’s not thinned out too much).
When the bacon is finished browning or is very close to it, remove with a spider wand and on a seperate plate lay to the side. Remove any excess bacon grease, BUT leave a few tablespoons behind. You are going to saute your onion and celery in the grease until soft but not brown.
When the veges are soft add back in your bacon, add your chopped steamed cauliflower, now add in your clams and any other seafood choices you’ve made (this is a very flexible soup you can throw anything in this pot and it’s going to be fabulous), .
Add your seasonings, stir on lowish heat (I said that)
Now add in your liquids- milk, cream and cauliflower puree.
Stir, turn the heat down we don’t want to scorch the soup. I haven’t done it, but this could EASILY go into a 325 degree oven.
Go do something else for 30 minutes!
Make a salad
Do push ups, scratch that
Put your feet up
What you should have in 30 minutes is an aromatic, creamy, bubbly hot soup screaming for bacon crumbles on top. My family chose oyster crackers but you and I know that any cracker except for cheese crisps is not #keto! Hey, that sounds good, a few parm cheese crackers on top would be fancy.
An easy weeknight meal. Totally.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. I know pics make it interesting, so I’ll update this post when I’ve got photos to share. Of course, you can always send me yours! I would love to see your efforts!
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