Thursday, February 15, 2007

STEAMED CLAMS WITH CILANTRO AND RED PEPPER

As a fan of pasta, due to a wheat allergy I always use rice pasta, I toss a lot of things over it to have a quick and easy dinner. This is one of my favorite meals, so simple and so perfect. Jane loves this dish too; when she comes over no clam is safe. So boil up some linguini and serve the clams and broth over that for a yummy meal. You can even throw in some fresh minced clams (those from the fishmonger are far superior to those in a tin) at the end to make it a bit more saucy.


5 tablespoons unsalted butter (I've replaced the butter with olive oil and it was still great)
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced green onions
1 1/4 cups chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups sake or dry vermouth
4 garlic cloves, pressed
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
4 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed


Melt 4 tablespoons butter in large pot over medium heat. Add green onions and cook 3 minutes. Add 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro and next 4 ingredients. Increase heat to high; bring mixture to boil. Add clams; cover pot. Cook until clams open, shaking pot often, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer clams to 6 soup bowls (discard any clams that do not open). Boil remaining liquid over high heat until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Whisk in remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over clams. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and serve.

Makes 6 servings.

Who's going to be the first to try this and thank me profusely?

3 comments:

Lara said...

Sounds delicious... but I don't know where to buy clams OR eat them.... so you just eat them out of the shells?

Sorry to sound stupid, but my menus are more based on things picky kids will eat. LOL

Lara said...

I mean HOW to eat them... obviously.. duh!

Tess said...

Ha, Lara, good thing you're a pretty one. Wink, wink.

This is one of my daughter's favorite meals but she has always been an adventurous eater. I get clams at out local supermarket in the fish department. Yes, you eat them right out of the shells, make sure when they steam that they have opened completely (say ahhhh, little clam). Any that aren't wide open when the others are get discarded.

Where are you anyway, I have a story for you. Kisses. And Happy Fat Tuesday.