Baked Clams

Baked Clams

When you want to treat your guests to something extraordinary, make this appetizer with fresh-from-the-sea clams. Bacon and Parmesan cheese are added to the bread crumbs and chopped clams for a rich and savory stuffing.

Recipe from Family Circle
SERVINGS
6 to 8
PREP TIME
15 mins

Baked Clams

When you want to treat your guests to something extraordinary, make this appetizer with fresh-from-the-sea clams. Bacon and Parmesan cheese are added to the bread crumbs and chopped clams for a rich and savory stuffing.

Recipe from Family Circle
Recipe from Family Circle
Ingredients
  • 24   small to medium-size clams (each about 2 inches across; see Note)
  • 4   slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 1/2  cup dry unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2  cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1   teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/4  teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8  teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4  cup olive oil
  • 2   tablespoons cooking liquid
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Directions
1. 
Discard any clams that are cracked, chipped or open. Soak in a bowl of water for 20 minutes to clean.
2. 
Meanwhile, cook bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat for 6 minutes or until crispy. Set on paper towels to drain.
3. 
Once clams have soaked, scrub one by one with a brush to remove any additional sand or barnacles.
4. 
Fill a large pot with a steamer insert with 1 inch of water. Heat to simmering, add clams and cover. Cook, covered, for 4 to 6 minutes, or until all shells open up. Take off heat; remove clams from pan, reserving liquid. Let clams cool slightly. Pull off top shell and remove clam from shell to a cutting board. Coarsely chop clams.
5. 
Heat broiler. Place 24 clam shells on a baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine clams, bacon, bread crumbs, Parmesan, oregano, garlic powder and black pepper. Stir to blend. Drizzle with olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the reserved cooking liquid. Stir until moist. Spoon stuffing into clam shells, dividing equally.
6. 
Broil stuffed clams for 2 to 3 minutes, until browned on top. Serve warm.
NOTE:
1. 
If you are unable to hand-pick the clams, order a few extra in case some are damaged and have to be discarded.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 51, Fat, total (g) 3, chol. (mg) 7, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 2, pro. (g) 3, sodium (mg) 73, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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