A huge batch of chowder made with chicken broth, cream and clams is seasoned with thyme and thickened with a roux.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 8 onions, chopped
- 2 bunches celery, chopped
- 1 gallon milk
- 18 (16 ounce) cans minced clams, drained with juice reserved
- 4 quarts chicken broth
- 2 quarts heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour all at once and continue to cook and stir until it again becomes bubbly at the edges. Remove roux from heat and set aside.
In a 10 gallon pot over medium heat, cook onions and celery until just tender. Meanwhile, place milk in a large double boiler and cook slowly over simmering water. Whisk in the roux and cook the milk until thickened, stirring frequently.
Stir the clam juice into the large pot and bring to a boil. Then stir in the thickened milk. Bring that just to a simmer, then stir in the heavy cream, thyme and clams. Simmer 10 minutes more, then season with salt and pepper.