January 19, 2018

WWII Boston Clam Chowder Recipe

WWII Clam Chowder Recipe Navy

This is a fairly standard, but tasty, clam chowder recipe, if you need to feed 100. The beauty of this recipe is that this recipe can be made entirely with preserved foods with minimal effort most of the time is just waiting for the potatoes to soften. It definitely does not contain tomatoes as that would be sacrilegious. I reduced the recipe down to 10 servings but it would likely feed 5 as a main coarse. You'd think I would have made this last week when the temperature was in the single digits but my first free day was today when it was a balmy 40 degrees out. :D Next time! 

WWII Clam Chowder Recipe Navy

This recipe is from a WWII Merchant Marine manual. The book emphasized presentation. "Soups are vastly improved in appearance by sprinkling chopped parsley or paprika on the surface before serving. Croutons are often served with soup." I thought it was a good idea and greatly improved the flavor. The recipe also indicates that you can make corn chowder instead of clam chowder by just exchanging one ingredient  but I also think this would be good with a little corn added.

Makes 10 Servings of 1 Cup


- 1/4 Cup Bacon, cubed
- 1/2 Cup Onion, Chopped
- 2 Medium sized Potatoes, cubed
- 2 1/2 teaspoons Salt
- 5 1/2 Cups Boiling Water
- 3 Cups Clams, chopped with juice
- 16 ounces (2 Cups) Evaporated Milk
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Pepper
- 1/2 Cup sifted Flour


Chop bacon, onions, potatoes and clams. Fry bacon until crispy, add onions and fry until lightly browned. Drain fat and save for later. In a large pot, add water, 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Add onion mixture and potatoes, let simmer for an hour. Add clams, juice, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. In a small sauce pan, blend flour and bacon fat. Slowly add the flour mixture into the soup. Add evaporated milk, wait for the boil. Let simmer for one minute to thicken. Serve with some chopped parsley as a garnish.

Hope you and enjoy! Please share and if you make the recipe, please let me know how it was!

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