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Recipe

Clams Casino

  • Yield: 4 appetizer servings

Ingredients

  • 2 dozen Littleneck clams (175 count-the largest size available)
  • 8 ounces garlic compound butter (formed into a log about 1-inch in diameter)
  • 1 cup rendered andouille sausage
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Essence
  • 6 slices of bacon, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Hold the clams in a cloth and insert a knife between the shells. Pry the shells apart, then sever the hinge muscle and discard the top shell. Loosen the muscle in the lower shell. Slice the compound butter into 24 equal slices. Place a slice of the butter on each clam. In a food processor, combine the rendered andouille and bread crumbs together. Combine until the ingredients are incorporated. Season with Essence. Place a tablespoon the andouille crust over the butter. Using your hands, pat the crust firmly into the clam shell. Top each shell with the bacon pieces. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from the oven. Place the clams on a platter and garnish with parsley and Essence.