Hands-On Time
45 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Yield
Serves 6
Hector Manuel Sanchez

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring milk, shrimp, and bay leaves just to a boil in a saucepan over high. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard shrimp and bay leaves.

Step 2

Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels; reserve drippings in Dutch oven. Cook leeks in hot drippings, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add wine, and bring to a boil. Boil until liquid is reduced to about 2 tablespoons, 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 3

Whisk together flour and water, and stir into wine mixture in Dutch oven. Stir in milk-shrimp stock, diced potato, celery, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add clams; cover and simmer until clams open, 6 to 8 minutes. Discard any clams that do not open. Spoon into bowls, and top with cooked bacon and chives.

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