New England Mushroom Chowder

December 11, 2018
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New England Clam Chowder with Mushroom Recipe

New England Clam Chowder with mushrooms and homemade oyster crackers!!! Anything better out there on a cold day? I adapted the classic New England clam chowder by substituting mushroom for clams. The mushrooms create a satisfying chewiness similar to clams.

 

Why, you ask? In Austria, clams are not easily available. Regular supermarkets don’t stock clams in cans, and it’s even harder to find fresh ones.  So, I thought mushroom with a similar texture as clams when cooked, would be a good substitute. And they are. I absolutely love the result.

 

Since I am writing a recipe column for a Viennese daily about US food, this dish has always been a clear favorite of mine ever since Cambridge, MA became our home. I’ve ordered this dish pretty often at restaurants all over New England and loved the variety from town to town, from kitchen to kitchen.

 

My version is a “fake New England clam chowder” substituting oyster mushrooms for clams. However, you can use any kind of mushroom you like. Think portobello, porcini, even champignons.

Step-by-step recipe for fake New England clam chowder with mushrooms

Oyster Mushrooms for Clam Chowder

Dice oyster mushrooms (or any other kind).

Chop mushrooms. I use oyster mushrooms but please go ahead and use any kind.

New England Clam Chowder Recipe

Dice potatoes, celery, and onion.

Dice onion, celery and potatoes. The potatoes are roughly 0.5 inch in size.

Vegetables for fake Clam Chowder

Cook baking and sauté  vegetables.

 

In a large heavy pan, pot, or Dutch oven, cook mushrooms with 1 tablespoon of butter for about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

 

Cook bacon over medium-low heat until fat is rendered and bacon is crispy, about 10 minutes. Set bacon aside on a paper towel (makes it even crispier). Once bacon is cool, finely dice it.

 

Add onions and celery to the pan and sauté until golden, about 5 minutes. If there is not much bacon fat left, add 1-2 tablespoons butter.

Roux for Mushroom Clam Chowder

Add flour and make a roux.

Now, it’s time to make the roux to get a nice and thick chowder. Sprinkle flour evenly over the roasted veggies, and then stir for 1 minute (if using more than 2-3 tbsp flour, add a little more butter).

Fake New England Clam Chowder Recipe with Mushrooms

Add vegetable broth.

Remove pan from the heat and add half of the broth while stirring. Heat until broth thickens, then add rest of the broth.

Vegetarian New England Clam Chowder Recipe

Cook potatoes until tender.

In the meantime, cook diced potatoes in salted water until fork-tender, about 6-8 minutes (slightly undercook them).

New England Mushroom Chowder

Add cooked veggies and bacon.

Add sautéed mushrooms, diced bacon (keep some for garnish) and potatoes to the chowder and briefly heat, 5 minutes.

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Add cream and milk. Serve hot with oyster crackers (store-bought or homemade).

 

Add milk and cream, heat again. Season with salt and pepper.New England Mushroom Chowder Recipe

Serve clam chowder hot, topped with bacon and oyster crackers, and chive if you like.

Homemade Oyster Crackers recipe with star imprint

Find the recipe for homemade oyster crackers here.

You can find a recipe for homemade oyster crackers here or simply use store-bought ones.

 

Enjoy!

 

New England Mushroom Chowder

Yield: 4 servings

New England Mushroom Chowder

I adapted the classic New England clam chowder by substituting mushroom for clams. The mushrooms create a satisfying chewiness similar to clams.

Recipe: Ursula | lilvienna.com

Ingredients

  • 120 g/4.25 oz oyster mushrooms, cleaned and diced (substitute any kind of mushroom)
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced (about ½ cup, 120 g)
  • 1 celery rib, finely diced (about 2 tbsp, 20 g)
  • 3 small potatoes, peeled and diced (300 g/10 oz)
  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon (80g/3oz)
  • 2-4 tablespoons all-purpose flour*
  • 1 quart hot vegetable broth
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk
  • 2/3 cups (160 ml) heavy cream
  • Salt and white pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter or oil
  • Optional: Chives for garnish
  • For serving: Oyster crackers, homemade or store-bought

    * Using 2 tablespoons flour for the roux will result in a slightly creamy chowder. If you prefer your chowder thick and creamy, use at least 3 or even 4 tablespoons flour.

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy pan, pot, or Dutch oven, cook mushrooms with 1 tablespoon of butter for about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Cook bacon over medium-low heat until fat is rendered and bacon is crispy, about 10 minutes. Set bacon aside on a paper towel (makes it even crispier). Once bacon is cool, finely dice it.
  3. Add onions and celery to the pan and sauté until golden, about 5 minutes. If there is not much bacon fat left, add 1-2 tablespoons butter.
  4. Sprinkle flour evenly over the roasted veggies, and then stir for 1 minute (if using more than 2-3 tbsp flour, add a little more butter).
  5. Remove pan from the heat and add half of the broth while stirring. Heat until broth thickens, then add rest of the broth.
  6. In the meantime, cook diced potatoes in salted water until fork-tender, about 6-8 minutes (slightly undercook them).
  7. Add sautéed mushrooms, diced bacon (keep some for garnish) and potatoes to the chowder and briefly heat, 5 minutes.
  8. Add milk and cream, heat again. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve hot, topped with bacon and oyster crackers , and chive if you like. Enjoy!
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New England Mushroom Chowder was last modified: December 11th, 2018 by Ursula

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