steamed littleneck clams with basil and garlic
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An easy way to showcase fresh local clams.
Serves: 3-4
  • 2-3 pounds fresh clams, scrubbed thoroughly
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil, chopped
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large, heavy pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring one minute.
  2. Add clams and white wine and immediately cover, reducing heat to low.
  3. Steam for approximately 7-9 minutes or until clams are mostly open.
  4. Remove from heat and add second tablespoon of butter, ground pepper and basil. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Grits and Chopsticks at