2 teaspoons olive oil
3 slices bacon cut into small pieces
2 tbsp butter and 2 heaping tbsp all purpose flour (optional)
1 medium size onion
2 ribs celery diced
1 glove garlic minced
1 8oz bottled clam juice
2 cups chicken broth
3 or 4 potatoes cubed
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp fresh tarragon or 1 tsp dried
1 lb sea scallops
Heat olive oil and cook bacon until crispy. If using flour, add the butter and flour and cook for a few minutes until combined.
Add chopped onion and sweat for 2 minutes. Add celery and garlic and continue to sweat for about 2-3 minutes.
Add clam juice, chicken broth and potatoes. Simmer until potatoes are cooked to taste, about 12-15 minutes.
Add cream and scallops, add clams if using them. Gently stir until scallops are cooked and tender and white.