Soup season is upon us and my husband has been nagging me to get in gear and start cooking up some tasty soups. One of the American dishes to which I introduced him when I came to Spain was clam chowder. A typical clam chowder is actually pretty simple to make with just clams, dairy and a few veggies. Pork is optional, but certainly everyone has their opinion about what is needed to make an “authentic” clam chowder. My version is certainly not authentic, as the clams, dairy and pork are all missing, but I wanted to keep in the spirit of the soup’s simplicity and make it as easy as possible without any difficult-to-find bacon substitutes or strange thickeners.
I replaced the dairy with non-dairy milk thickened in the usual way with a roux, and replaced the clams with chopped oyster mushrooms. Now, I’ve seen other recipes for vegetarian clam chowder with mushrooms, but many of them did either nothing to flavour the mushrooms at all or used liquid smoke. Liquid smoke-flavoured mushrooms would be fine as a replacement to the bacon, but not to give the mushrooms the briny, umami taste of the sea of clams.
So I mixed up a simple sauce of my two favorite vegetarian umamis: miso and soy sauce, together with a generous pinch of salt and a little apple cider vinegar for that slight vinegary taste you might get if you used canned clams. I fried the oyster mushrooms to a lovely golden brown and poured the sauce over them just at the end of cooking. This made them much more interesting than plain ol’ oyster mushrooms.
In the end, my vegan oyster mushroom chowder got the stamp of approval from my husband, who is by no means an expert, having had clam chowder only twice before, but if you’re looking for a simple vegan clam chowder, this is it. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1127mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 8gSugar: 15gProtein: 12g
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