Here is a New England Clam Chowder Recipe.
The Vineyard has excellent seafood and New England is known for clam chowder.
We've also included other seafood appetizer recipes featuring some of the big favorites...shrimp, scallops in bacon, oysters, clams, crabs and more.
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1 ½ pound dry pack large sea scallops
4 strips smoked bacon, preferably thick slices from a local smokehouse
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
1 cup dry white wine
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Slice bacon strips lengthwise into ½ inch strips, then slice across to make ¼ x ½ inch squares. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and cook bacon until golden brown and slightly crispy. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Pour off bacon fat, add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and turn heat to high.
Salt and pepper both sides of scallops, using less salt than usual because of the bacon. Place scallops in a single layer so that they are not touching and cook until nearly done and quite brown (3-4 minutes). Turn and finish cooking – middle is just opaque and scallops have a bouncy resistance. Remove from pan and set aside.
Add chopped shallots and cook for a minute or two, stirring constantly. Add wine and scrape brown fond from pan. Boil until reduced by half, turn heat to low and return scallops and bacon to pan. Swirl in the butter, sprinkle with parsley if you have it and serve on warmed plates. We served the scallops with pasta sauced with sautéed leeks and artichokes, but rice or a small pasta with butter would go well.
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Or, if you'd like a slightly more traditional sit-down restaurant, the Seafood Shanty in Edgartown has great fresh seafood meals and is right on the harbor...with fabulous views.
We hope you enjoyed this New England Clam Chowder Recipe.
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