Monthly Archives: October 2012

It’s Soup Time! Get your fall weather going with BOSTON “CLAIM” CHOWDER!

Boston “Claim” Chowder

Have a lot of work to do, do you? Just too many claims running across your desk these days?  No matter how many you handle, there’s more coming, isn’t there?
Well, try a dish where you won’t mind having too many “claims”. This delicious “claim” chowder will make you forget about all those claims piled up on your desk. In fact, for every “claim” you add to this chowder, that’s one more claim you can forget about.
Sure, “Claims” are slimy and ugly, but in this chowder, they will go down smoother than a disabled claimant caught playing basketball on a surveillance video.

Ingredients

  • 3 (6.5 ounce) cans minced “claims”
  • 1 and 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 and 1/4 cups red cubed potatoes
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 quart of half-and-half cream
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour22
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Drain the juice from the “claims” into a large skillet over the onions, celery, potatoes and carrots. Add enough water to cover the mixture, and cook over medium heat until tender.  Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until it is smooth.  Next, whisk in the cream and stir constantly until the mixture is thick and smooth.  Then stir in the vegetables and “claim” juice. Heat through, but do not let it boil. Stir in the “claims” just before serving.  If they cook too much they get tough. When the “claims” are heated through, stir in the vinegar, and season the mixture with some salt and pepper.

From the Claims Cookbook by Carl Van and Laura Wimsatt

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