Baked Clams Casino

For this dish, I suggest using Cherry Stone clams….a larger clam allows for more calories and a more fulfilling meal.

Ingredients:
A dozen Cherry Stone clams.
2 slices of Applewood smoked bacon.
1 to 2 small cloves of garlic, chopped-diced-.
1 tsp of fresh chopped parsley.
1/2 tsp fresh chopped oregano.
Sea Salt.
Fresh ground pepper.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Butter.
Breadcrumbs.
1 to 2 tbls. of Pecorino Romano.
Lemon zest and lime slices for garnish.

Procedure: CLEANING
Clean and rinse the clams…pat them dry.
Place the clams into the freezer for three to five minutes, helping them crack open.

:SHUCKING
Separate clams from shells.
Make sure shells are clean because you will stuff the clams with your mixture, and bake.

:DICING
Dice clams, place them in a bowl, then in the oven.

Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees.

:STOVE TOP
Use a frying pan… put 1 tbls of butter and turn off pan, using olive oil.
Add garlic, stir to taste, then add oregano.

Once your mixture softens, add bread crumbs.

*Use chicken broth if you feel it gets too dry.*

:STEP 2
:DRESSING
Add diced clams and lemon zest to the pan….cook for a few minutes.

Add Pecorino Romano…let it cook for a minute…then take it off the stove!

Add parsley. Scoop mixture back into the clam shells.

Place on a baking sheet with parchments.

Drizzle olive oil onto baking sheet.

Top each clam with a tiny dab of butter OR Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Cook at 75 for ten to fifteen minutes

Remove from oven….squeeze lemon on the stuffed clams….serve with slices of lime or whatever your preferred garnish is, then eat.

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