Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Steamed Clams and Mussels

I must be on a seafood kick lately, this makes 3 posts in a row! Maybe my body's craving mercury. Heh.

I decided one day that I wanted steamed clams and mussels. So off to the market, $5/lb, I bought a bunch of each. All my clams behaved well, but I had 1 cracked mussel and 1 that didn't close when I tapped him. Those get tossed. Unless you like feeling like you're going to die.

In a large pot, melt butter, add wine, lemon juice, smashed garlic, salt, pepper (black or red), maybe a bay leaf. You could also replace the wine with beer if you want. Bring it all to a boil, dump in your crustaceans, cover, let steam for 3-5 minutes, uncover, stir, let steam some more. They're done when they're opened. (And by now you all know to toss any that don't open.)

Make sure you have some good crusty bread to dip into the "broth". And a lot of napkins.

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Gay said...

I'm having a binge on steamed clams these days, too. Mine is quite simple though, just boil a cup or two of water (depending on how much clams you have), tomatoes and ginger. When boiling, add the clams and bring to a boil again till cooked. The broth whitens, that's a sign that it's almost done (according to my clam vendor). Just add a bit of salt. I've had this dish several times this week. Not as expensive as you have though.

Vicki said...

Hi Gay - Your version sounds good too! I'll have to try it.

caninecologne said...

@gay - my mom has a similar recipe except she adds tomatoes. it's always a hit.

hi vicki - i love clams more than mussels...clams with pasta in a light broth or sauce especially. :)

Vicki said...

Hey cc - I always thought I liked clams more, but if I'm going whole/steamed, I prefer the mussels.

Alisa said...

Fantastic recipe! I've been meaning to make this and I'm glad I saw you.if you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

Vicki said...

Hey Alisa - Widget added, people need to know how easy and delicious crustaceans can be!