Creamy Clam Chowder

You would never guess this creamy New England clam chowder is made with cashew cream and contains no dairy!
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Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp tapioca starch (or any starch)
  • 4 red potatoes unpeeled
  • 1 cup clam juice
  • 3 6.5-oz cans of clams (can use minced or whole)
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp white pepper
  • 2 dashes cayenne (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives minced

Instructions
 

  • In a medium pot, heat 1 cup chicken broth to a boil. Once boiling, turn off heat, and add the cashews. Set aside.
  • In a large heavy bottom saucepan, cook bacon until crispy. Pour out all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease. Allow bacon to cool on a plate lined with paper towel. Once cool, roughly chop.
  • Heat bacon grease to medium. Add onion and celery and cook until just soft, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle tapioca starch, stir. Add remaining chicken broth, stir. Add potatoes, clam juice, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Blend cashew/broth mixture in a high speed blender until smooth. Add to the saucepan.
  • Add salt, pepper, cayenne, and sherry vinegar. Stir well. Simmer a few more minutes and serve with bacon and chives.