Since the opening of its first Souplantation in 1978 in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation has expanded to 61 salad buffet restaurants with locations in Southern California, where they are known as Souplantation, and in Northern California and ten other states, where they are known as Sweet Tomatoes. Differing in name only, the restaurants are known for their abundance of fresh, great tasting salad selections, soups, bakery items, pastas and desserts in a self-serve format, set in a casual dining atmosphere.




Clam Chowder

Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes Recipe

Serves 4

3 slices bacon, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced
2 cups scaled whole milk
2 cups potatoes, julienne cut
1/2 cup half and half
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon rosemary
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 (6-oz.) can minced clams

Cook potatoes until they are done but firm. Drain water off and set aside. Place 1 1/2 cups milk and half and half into a saucepan on medium temperature and heat just until it starts to boil. Immediately remove from stove and set aside. Scalding milk will help prevent it from curdling. When the potatoes have cooked cut into large slices.

In large pan fry bacon on medium high temperature to render grease from bacon and when done carefully take bacon from pan and leave grease. Place onions in bacon drippings and saute until clear. Add scalded milk, cooked potatoes, clams with juice, and seasonings. Bring to a slow simmer and stir occasionally, cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Chowder may be thicken now by adding flour to 1/2 cup of milk mixing well and slowly adding to chowder and stirring constantly until thick as desired and creamy.

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