Baked Clams Italian Style

  • Cara Kretz of North Barrington often serves her Baked Clams Italian Style at the holidays.

    Cara Kretz of North Barrington often serves her Baked Clams Italian Style at the holidays. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Cara Kretz of North Barrington often serves her Baked Clams Italian Style at the holidays.

    Cara Kretz of North Barrington often serves her Baked Clams Italian Style at the holidays. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
Posted12/15/2015 5:44 AM

1 stick butter

3 cloves garlic chopped

 

2 shallots minced

1 bay leaf

¼ cup olive oil

12 squirts Tabasco hot sauce (or season to taste)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon ground pepper

Zest and juice of one lemon

¼ cup minced flat leaf parsley

24 clam shells, cleaned (or scallop shells for baking)

4 cans (6.5 ounces) chopped clams, with juice

1½ cups breadcrumbs

In a large glass measuring cup, melt butter with garlic and shallots for 1 minute in microwave. This will soften the garlic and shallots. Add bay leaf, olive oil, Tabasco & Worcestershire sauces, pepper, lemon zest and juice and parsley. Stir to combine. Lay the shells on a baking pan lined with a silicone mat or foil. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of clams to each shell with some juice. Next, add a tablespoon of the butter mixture and be sure to include a bit of garlic and shallots to each shell. Last, cover the clams/butter in each shell with a scant tablespoon of breadcrumbs.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

Serve immediately.

TIP: to clean shells after eating, let them soak in warm water and Dawn for 30 minutes. They will clean right up. Dry and reuse for next time. Serves 4 people (6 clams each.)

Cara Kretz

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