If there's one dish that has the ability to inspire heated debate, it's New England clam chowder. When Rhode Islanders added tomatoes to this dish in the 1800s, it caused an uproar. New Englanders felt so strongly against the inclusion of this ingredient into their creamy soup that in 1939 a Maine legislator introduced a bill to make it illegal. Now, that combination is known as Manhattan clam chowder. And while we know tomatoes can't go into this dish, there are still many variations to this classic. Some people add sausage and others double up on fresh herbs. Which do you think makes for the best chowder? Take a vote below and click through the slideshow to get the recipes.

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  • With A Dash Of White Wine

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thewickednoodle.com/15-minute-england-clam-chowder/" target="_hplink">15-minute New England Clam Chowder recipe</a> by The Wicked Noodle</strong> The addition of white wine in this recipe is not the norm, but we have no complaints about it. What isn't better with a dash of wine?

  • With Hungarian Sausage

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thehungrygiant.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/new-england-clam-chowder/" target="_hplink">New England Clam Chowder recipe</a> from The Hungry Giant</strong> This clam chowder includes bacon -- which is often done though not traditional -- and sausage. It's a good option for a meat lover.

  • A French Twist With Herbes De Provence

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://shescookin.com/2011/02/07/clam-chowder-from-the-soup-kitchen/" target="_hplink">New England Clam Chowder recipe</a> by She's Cookin</strong> Herbes de Provence is added to this typical New England soup. An herb mixture from the Provence region of France, it's typically made with savory, fennel, basil, thyme and lavender flowers.

  • With A Bundle Of Thyme

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://theredspoonblog.com/2012/03/boston-new-england-clam-chowder/" target="_hplink">New England Clam Chowder recipe</a> by The Red Spoon Blog</strong> This recipe includes a bundle of thyme. Some would say this ingredient is straying too far from the original, but fresh herbs add great flavor.

  • With Spicy Poblano, And Corn

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://cookingspoon.org/2012/03/new-england-clam-chowder-with-a-twist/" target="_hplink">New England Clam Chowder</a> recipe by Cooking Spoon</strong> This New England clam chowder has gotten a Western twist with spicy poblano pepper and the addition of corn. And that's not the only unique ingredient in this soup; there's also ginger, leek, orange zest, dill and nutmeg.

  • Relying On Old Bay

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.madeinsonoma.com/2011/11/new-england-clam-chowder.html" target="_hplink">New England Clam Chowder recipe</a> from Made In Sonoma</strong> Old Bay Seasoning adds a new dimension in this New England clam chowder.

  • With An Asian Flair

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.theoliveseed.com/2011/12/clam-chowder/" target="_hplink">New England Clam Chowder recipe</a> by The Olive Seed</strong> Fish sauce might be the last ingredient you'd expect to find in a New England clam chowder, but it just might be a perfect complement.

  • In A Bread Bowl

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2010/10/moms-new-england-clam-chowder.html" target="_hplink">New England Clam Chowder recipe</a> by The Comfort Of Cooking</strong> Serving New England clam chowder in a bread bowl is not a traditional from the East, but an addition this soup got when made on the West Coast.

  • With Worcestershire Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.sugarandspiceandallthingsiced.com/2012/01/new-england-clam-chowder/" target="_hplink">New England Clam Chowder recipe</a> by Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced</strong> Worcestershire sauce adds a lot of flavor to many different dishes. It might be just the thing to set this clam chowder apart.

  • With Cayenne Pepper

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.cookingbymoonlight.com/2012/05/new-england-clam-chowder.html" target="_hplink">New England Clam Chowder recipe</a> by The Moonlit Chef</strong> Some cooks turn to hot sauce but the Moonlit Chef relies on cayenne pepper to give this chowder some spice.

  • WATCH: How To Make New England Clam Chowder