Whenever we visit Disney California Adventure, we always make it a point to stop by the Pacific Wharf and grab a bread bowl of the world’s best clam chowder. Creamy, delicious, flavorful- this clam chowder has it all and we’ve got the recipe!
If you visit the Town Hall (on the left directly as you enter Main Street), you too can grab a copy of some the park’s best loved recipes (clam chowder included). Chef Mickey welcomes you in!
So, let’s get started with the ingredients you’ll be needing:
- 1/4 lb butter
- 1 1/2 cup onions, chopped (we used frozen chopped onions, and our eyes were thankful)
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 qt. milk
- 4 cans or 1 1/2 cups clams, chopped (make sure to RESERVE JUICE)
- 1/2 cup green bell peppers, chopped
- 1/2 cup red bell peppers, chopped
- 1 cube instant chicken broth
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. white pepper
- 1/4 tsp. thyme
- 1 1/2 cups potatoes, cooked and diced
Can you spot the hidden mickey among our ingredients? Here, let us help you out.
Start by melting your butter in a medium saucepan. If you are microwaving your potatoes, now is a great time to start them cooking (about 10-15 minutes until done- microwave in 5 minute increments so they potatoes don’t become mushy).
Meanwhile, add onions, celery, red and green bellpepper and thyme to the butter.
Saute this mixture until tender (about 5-10 minutes) over medium heat. Then add flour and chicken broth cube. Cook over low heat for about 5-10 minutes. Be careful- you don’t want to burn the flour. Then add milk and reserved clam juice.
Simmer for 30 minutes while stirring constantly- make sure to watch it carefully, it scorches easily. The soup will really start to thicken at this point. While the soup is simmering, now is a good time to start warming up your bread bowls. We got these beauties from Panera and they were delicious.
Then add clams, potatoes, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes over low heat. Here’s a glam shot of soup heaven!
This recipe will yield about 4 to 6 servings of the best clam chowder you’ve ever had! Voila- Disneyland Clam Chowder complete with bread bowl & Mickey ears!