30-Minute Vegan Clam Chowder w/ Oyster Mushroom Clams + Ciabatta Croutons
Difficulty: 2/5 (5 being hardest)
Spice Level: 1/3 (3 being spiciest)
Prep & Cook Time: 30 minutes
The Challenge: Brown Butter Gnocchi
Clam chowder (or should I say chow-daaaa). Never eaten it before, so that meansss let's veganize it. Clam chowder is hella not vegan. First off, it is full of clams. It also uses cream. So, we need to somehow replace both of these to make this amazing creamy soup that is a national favorite. But how?
Well, for clams...mushrooms have a very similar consistency. With miso, liquid aminos, and some spices, it can have a very similar taste profile For the cream, using cashews + unsweetened milk, we can create a very creamy milk that can thicken this up. For the base, we use leeks, celery, and good ol' Idaho potatoes for an absolutely delicious zoupppppp!
But, with any great chowder, we need some crunch! What better way than a deliciously butter crisped ciabatta crouton that is salty and yum yum yum! So, we'll add that to.
This dish only takes 30 minutes, and you'll love it! Its super simple and absolutely frikin delicious. Nom nom nom.
One of the keys to this dish is Bay Leaf Powder. If you don't have any on hand, I highly recommend it. It is essential to chowders, and this recipe features the powder because it helps enhance the flavor dramatically.
Enjoy + let's get into it!
- 2 leeks, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1.5 tbl butter
- 2 celery stalks, small diced
- 1 cup cream (1/2 cup cashews + 1/2 cup unsweetened milk)
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 3 tbl organic unbleached flour
- 3.5 cups vegetable stock
- 2 russet potatoes, peeled + cubed
- Spices: 1/2 tsp thyme, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp bay leaf powder
Oyster Mushroom Clams
- 6 oz oyster mushrooms
- 1 tsp miso
- 1 tsp liquid aminos
- 1 tsp apple cider vingegar
- 1 ciabatta roll, cubed
- 1 tbl butter
- Spices: 1/4 tsp bay leaf powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, pinch of pepper
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- scallions, diced
Equipment You'll Need:
Cutting Board . Medium Cutting Knife . Measuring Cups . Measuring Spoons . Mixing Bowls . Soup Pot . Small Pan . Castiron Pan
Before You Cook:
- Chop + wash all fresh ingredients