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Yankee Steamed Clams

Although I am very fond of simple steamed clams, I adore the flavor of garlic and shallot mingled with the briny mollusk. The vegetable broth, as well, lends itself perfectly without overpowering these sweet bi-valves. With a torn off piece of crusty bread to soak up any remaining juice at the bottom of the bowl is just a plus in my book!

Ingredients

For 4 people

Recipe

  • 2 lb(s) steamers
  • 2 tablespoon(s) butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 teaspoon(s) garlic in oil
  • 3/4 cup(s) vegetable broth or clam juice*
  • chopped fresh parsley, optional

Yankee Steamed Clams Directions

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. When hot and sizzling, add the shallot and garlic. Cook about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the clams and broth, cover and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until the clams open up. do not over cook. Shake the skillet very frequently to baste the clams with the seasoned broth.
  3. Remove from heat, pour entire contents into a large bowl and enjoy with parsley sprinkled over the top.
  4. *Clam juice is easily found in any supermarket in a small 6 ounce bottle.
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