#CrockpotWednesday: Manhattan Clam Chowder

Loading up the fam into an Uber Black and heading to historic Grand Central Oyster Bar for a big bowl of Manhattan Clam Chowder for #CrockpotWednesday. 
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5 to 6 slices of  #victorybacon, diced
1 cup chopped onion
2 carrots, thinly sliced
3 ribs celery with leaves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, or 1 teaspoon dried
1 large can (28 ounces) tomatoes, broken up, undrained
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. dried thyme
3 medium potatoes, diced
2 or 3 cans (6 to 7 oz each) minced clams with juice
1 bottle (8oz) clam juice
1 tablespoon flour blended with 1 tablespoon melted butter or a little of the bacon grease, optional


Fry diced bacon until crispy; drain and transfer to 3 1/2-quart or larger slow cooker/Crock Pot. Add remaining ingredients to the slow pot; Stir to blend.

Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours. If a thicker soup is desired, add flour butter mixture during the last 30 minutes.