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Jun 21, 2012 11:03 AM

I have an itch to make clam chowder. What would go with it?

I would like to have some clam chowder, but I would like to veer off the beaten path. I don't really want the soup and salad/sandwich combo. I will be serving crusty bread for sure. Any other suggestions?

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    1. re: njmarshall55

      Yes....Oyster crackers or Saltines,forget the bread.

    2. I must have been unclear. I want to make it a little more of a rounded meal. My bf can eat. And a bowl of soup and a roll or crackers just won't cut it. And i have served sandwiches and chopped salad in the last few days. Looking to mix it up a bit. Thanks

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      1. re: suzigirl

        Last time I made clam chowder, I also made salmon cakes and a slaw. Might not be quite what you're after but I sure enjoyed it.

        1. re: ChervilGeorge

          That is more along the lines of what I was after

        2. re: suzigirl

          Sorry...I have a terse sens of humor. I understand. Just with great chowder, IMHO, nothing else is needed. Well, maybe a cold beer...AND some oyster crackers.

        3. There are at least three types of Clam Chowder. What goes well with it depends at least in part upon which kind you're making: Creamy New England, Tomatoey Manhattan or Clear Rhode Island.

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          1. re: ChefJune

            Good point. That does make a huge difference. New England heavy cream style.

            1. re: suzigirl

              Well, every January I like to get up to Boston to go to a favorite restaurant for Chowder and Indian Pudding. But that's a pretty wintry combo for such a hot day.

              You don't want a salad or a sandwich? What about grilled shrimp or scallops? With a side of garlicky green beans.

          2. Wow!! You don't make it easy. I'd' have said Caesar salad but you don't want the soup/salad thing so allow me to go way out on a limb. Your clam chowder will be starchy enough, but if you can find a squash you (and bf) like, you might use the baked squash (cut in half and hollowed to accommodate the soup) as a bowl for serving the soup. Running further out into never/never land, how about a chili relleno.

            1. New England Clam Chowder and Manhattan Clam Chowder. I guess this should work well for both. Prosciutto is my first choice. That with crusty bread and your chowder is a filling meal. If that doesn't work well, then I would stay with the seafood theme if possible. Shrimp cocktail, skewered shrimp kebabs, fish tacos, corn and black bean salad. HTH.