Littleneck Clams with Garlic & Sherry
Here's a little sneak peek for you:
5 Tbsp Butter
1 1/2 Tbsp garlic chopped
1/2 Cup Cooking Sherry
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Small Onion chopped
3 Tbsp Parsley
2 Bay leaves
Pasta or Sourdough Bread
Cook Time 20 Min
Start by rinsing your clams. Keeping them in the bag, submerge clams in cold tap water. This will allow the clams to expel grit and sand. After 15 minutes rise with cold water and remove the clams from the bag. Remove any that are chipped or damaged. If they still feel sandy you can give them a light scrub.
Melt 3 Tbsp of butter in a large pan of medium-high heat. Add onion, bay leaves, and salt and pepper. Cook until the onion is softened, stirring occasionally, for about 4 minutes. Add 1 Tbsp of garlic and red pepper flakes and stir. Now stir in 1/4 cup of Sherry, and bring this to a boil.
Cover the clams. Stir once to ensure they will heat evenly. It should take about 10 minutes for the clams to open. (So, perfect time to start your heavier pastas like linguine and spaghetti; if you are an angel hair person like me, you can wait until the clams are removed from the pan.) If all your clams are all open before the 10 minute mark you can remove them so they don't become chewy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the clams once opened into a serving dish and cover loosely with foil. Discard any clams that don't open.
With the liquid remaining in the pan, add the remaining Sherry, butter, garlic, and the lemon juice. Bring this to a light simmer and let reduce for about 4 minutes. Once reduced add parsley and adjust seasoning if needed with extra lemon juice, or pepper.
If serving over pasta arrange pasta in bowl with desired amount of clams on top. Spoon remaining sauce over the top of the pasta and there you go.....fancy, rich, sophisticated dinner sure to impress your guests.
If serving with bread arrange in a large serving bowl and pour remaining sauce over the top of the resting clams. Serve with the sliced sourdough or other crusty bread to soak up that delicious sauce!
So get those clams, impress someone you know and enjoy!
- Graham & Rollins