Clam Chowder

Ingredients

3 dozen medium clams
4 tablespoons butter
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1/2 small sweet onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons seafood boil seasoning, such as Old Bay
1/2 cup self-rising flour
4 slices bacon
One 6-ounce bottle clam juice
5 medium potatoes, cooked, peeled, chopped
3 scallions, sliced
3 cups milk
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
Dried parsley, for garnish

Directions

First, shuck the clams and remove the bellies. Clean the clams and then chop them into small pieces. Put to the side until ready to add to the pot.
Heat the butter in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the celery and sweet onion and cook, mixing often, until they begin to soften. Next, sprinkle in the salt, black pepper and seafood boil seasoning. Add the self-rising flour to make a roux. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir in the clams and clam juice. 
Meanwhile, cook the bacon and finely chop. Add to the pot. Add the potatoes along with the scallions. Stir to combine. Lastly, add the milk and half-and-half. Stir to warm. Serve in a bowl with parsley as a garnish. 

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