Here it is, friends!
A new episode of Inspired Cooking airs on Cape Ann TV tonight at 8:30 and the show features one of my favorite guests the talented Clark Dexter! Clark is a legend in the restaurant industry around here and is food can’t be beat. Clark makes food that brings me back to my childhood–great memories of eating at The Hearthside in Essex for special occasions and enjoying every second of it!
Although this recipe is not exactly like the stuffed clams that Clark served at the restaurant he said it is pretty darned close. So go and get some clams and treat yourself and your family to some excellent baked stuffed clams!
BAKED STUFFED CLAMS recipe by Clark Dexter
6 Cherrystone Clams
12 oz. Water
(2) 6 ½ oz. Canned Chopped Clams drained, reserve liquid
1 Med. Shallot – Chopped fine
6 Tbls. Butter
6 Tbls. Flour
2 Tbls. Fresh Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbls. Bread Crumbs
1 Tbls. Sherry Wine
1 Dash Tabasco Sauce
½ tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1/8 tsp. White Pepper
Wash Cherrystone clams and put them in 12 oz. of water.
Bring this to a boil and cook until clams open. Remove clams and retain the water and the shells that the clams were cooked in.
Remove clams from shells and grind or coarsely chop.
Sauté shallots in butter until soft about 3 minutes.
Add flour to make your roux and cook about 3 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the liquid the clams were cooked in.
Next add the roux, cook until thick, then add the clams.
If the mixture seems too thick, add a little of the clam juice from reserved canned clam juice.
Let this mixture cool for a few minutes.
TOPPING FOR CLAMS
2 cups of fresh bread crumbs
1 cup of milk crackers
¼ lb. Butter
1 clove of finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/8 tsp. celery seed
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. Italian seasoning which consists of marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, and basil.
1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese
Melt butter in a large frying pan. Add onions, garlic and celery to pan and sauté until soft ( about three minutes). Add seasonings and parmesan cheese. Cook about one minute.
Turn off heat, add bread and cracker crumbs.
With a tablespoon, put clam mixture into clam shells, not over-flowing the shell.
Now top with crumbs.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes on a baking sheet until the clams are golden brown. Serve with fresh lemon wedges.
*You can make the clams up ahead of time and refrigerate for up to three days. They also freeze very well and can be kept frozen for up to three months. If frozen, it’s best to thaw before cooking.*
This is my plate of clams…..I dug in the minute I could!
Thank you again Clark for sharing your recipes with us and I look forward to shooting another episode soon!