Back when I was a kid, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of eating mollusks. There was just something about the idea of eating organisms who spent their life filtering gunk from the ocean that was not terribly appealing. Then there was also the slightly chewy texture that made them difficult to stomach.
But as I’ve grown older, I forced myself to retry some of the things that once turned me away. When Sarah and I were back in New Orleans, I remember spotting a bag of clams and deciding that I would try to make something from them. New Orleans also happens to be home to Pesche, James Beard winner for best new restaurant in 2014. Sarah and I had a very tasty curried mussels recipe that I drew upon for some inspiration for this next dish.
My favorite part about this dish is how simple and easy it is despite seeming much fancier. It takes very little work and tastes amazing.
Garlic Steamed Clams with Herbs
- Clams 5 lb, cleaned and rinsed
- Garlic 2 cloves, minced
- Onion medium, diced
- Rosemary 2 sprigs
- Thyme 2 sprigs
- Sage 2 sprigs
- White wine 1.5 cups
- Butter 2 T
- Lemon 1
- Black pepper
- Red pepper flakes
In a large pot, melt butter on medium high heat. Add diced onions and garlic. Cook until onions translucent. Add rosemary, thyme, sage, and clams. Add white wine and turn to high heat. Put top over pot and let steam for 5-7 minutes. Afterwards, remove from heat. All the clams should have opened. Squeeze juice of 1 lemon over pot. Crack some black pepper and sprinkle on some red pepper flakes to taste. Serve in bowl with some of leftover clam/wine broth and fresh bread for dipping.
*Save your leftover broth and stay tuned for the next recipe!*