Clams Casino

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By Francine Lizotte
from Surrey South, BC

Perfect to serve for any occasion, these little guys will surely please everyone!

serves 24 clams casino
prep time 10 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients

  •   24 large
    manila clams, rinsed
  •   3 slice
    bacon, cut roughly in 1-inch pieces
  •   2 Tbsp
    butter
  •   1/3 c
    shallots, finely chopped
  •   1/3 c
    roasted red peppers, finely chopped
  •   1/4 c
    dry white wine
  •   2 large
    cloves garlic, pressed
  •   1/2 c
    panko® breadcrumbs
  •  
    freshly ground black pepper, to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  •   1 small
    pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  •   1 Tbsp
    fresh parsley, finely chopped
  •   1/4 c
    grana padano, grated and divided
  •  
    lemon wedges, for garnish
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How To Make

  • 1
    In a medium sautépan over medium-high heat, place a steaming basket and fill up with water to the bottom of the basket; bring to a boil. When water is boiling, add clams, cover and steam for ONLY 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl to cool.
  • 2
    In a small skillet over medium heat, add bacon and butter; cook until brown but not crispy. Remove with tongs to a plate lined with paper towel. Return the skillet on the heat and add shallot with roasted red pepper; sauté 1 minute before adding white wine. Cook until the liquid is reduced by 2/3. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute; remove from the heat.
  • 3
    Chop cooked bacon into small pieces; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the roasted red pepper mixture, chopped bacon, breadcrumbs, freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper and 2 tbsp. grated cheese. Mix the ingredients until very well blended.
  • 4
    Preheat the oven on broil placing the rack about 10-inch from the top.
  • 5
    Separate clams from shells and keep the deepest one as a cooking vessel. Place them in a baking dish covered with coarse sea salt. Spoon the bacon mixture in each shell. Sprinkle a little cheese on top and then parsley. Transfer to the oven and broil for 5 minutes or until the top is slightly browned. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.
  • 6
    To view this recipe on YouTube, click on this link >>>> https://youtu.be/_MYWigPfNpE
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