What Are The Different Types of Chowder
So, you have a craving for some great seafood, and in particular, some clam chowder. Did you know that there are many more options available than you thought? Although the two most recognizable types are New England clam chowder and Manhattan clam chowder, there are additional ones that you may not be aware of that exist in other parts of the United States.
New England Clam Chowder
New England clam chowder is made from a cream or milk base, and uses clams and hardtack crackers, onions, potatoes and sometimes bacon. If you run across the term “quahog” when perusing a menu, it’s simply a Native American term for clams that is still used by residents of New England today. Many people are adamant that tomatoes should never be used as an ingredient when making New England clam chowder.
Manhattan Clam Chowder
Manhattan clam chowder is usually concocted using clear broth, with tomatoes being a main ingredient to add flavor and create its traditional red color. Bacon, salt, onions, cloves, garlic and celery are just some of the additional ingredients used. Manhattan clam chowder is also known by different names, including Fulton Market clam chowder and Coney Island clam chowder.
Rhode Island Clam Chowder
There is also a chowder known as Rhode Island clam chowder, which has a clear broth with clams, potatoes, onions and bacon. A second variation of this uses a tomato based broth. This is usually found and served in the East Coast states. Minorcan clam chowder is a much spicier version of Manhattan clam chowder, with various types of peppers added to give it its zing. And finally, Hatteras clam chowder, only found within the outer banks areas of North Carolina, which is a mix between Manhattan and Rhode Island clam chowder. This is crafted with clear broth, potatoes, onions and bacon, with flour added to it to make a thicker consistency. It is often seasoned heavily with black or white pepper as well. Additional variations of these types of soup are abundant, as each restaurant will have its own version, with different specialty ingredients that make it unique.