4 pounds clams
1 cup clam juice
2 cups skim milk
4 medium potatoes (peeled and chopped)
1 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 medium onion (peeled and chopped)
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flower
1 tbsp. old bay seasoning
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper
cook clams in a large pot over medium high heat until they start to open. set aside and save the clam juice. place the potatoes, onion, and celery into a food processor, and pulse for about 10 seconds until the veggies are course chopped. pour the vegetables into saucepan and simmer covered until tender.
place the clam juice, butter, flour, parmesan cheese, old bay, milk, salt and pepper into a blender. blend for about 5 mins. until the mixture is thickened. add in the cooked vegetables and clams, and top with crumbled bacon and chives. serve hot.