SEAFOOD APPETIZER BAKED WITH BACON AND VEGETABLES; CLAMS CASINO, USA
Manila Clams – 24 medium size
European Smoked Bacon – 80 grams
Green Bell Pepper – 1/4 medium size
Red Bell Pepper – 1/4 medium size
White Onion – 1/4 medium size
Japanese Style Panko Bread Crumbs – 10 grams
Olive Oil – 4 tablespoons
Water – 2 cups (473ml)
Clams Casino – Clams Casino, invented in the state of Rhode Island, is a popular seafood appetizer in the United States. Traditionally, Clams Casino comprise clams on the half shell, topped with onions, bacon and breadcrumbs, then baked in the oven. A manifold of recipes is prepared with diverse clams, herbs and seasonings. In our recipe, we use Manila Clams that have a tender texture and a distinct flavor. The European Smoked Bacon, cured and smoked using traditional techniques, has a salty and robust flavor. We select Japanese Style Panko Bread Crumbs that are made from a crustless white bread and processed into light and crispy flakes. They can be purchased at Asian grocery markets in the USA. Clams Casino is a timeless appetizer, simple to prepare and superbly delicious.
Step 1 – Cut the bacon into thin slices and then into equal 1 inch by 1 inch pieces. Chop finely the peppers and the onion. In the skillet, sauté the vegetables in olive oil on medium heat for a few minutes, then set aside.
Step 2 – Place clams in a bowl and rinse under cold running water to remove any remaining particles and sand.
Step 3 – In a medium pot, add the water and bring to a boil. Add the clams, cover the pot and cook for a few minutes until the clams open. Place the clams onto a plate, remove the upper shells and loosen the clams from their shell. Place the clams on half-shell in a round baking dish or on a baking sheet.
Step 4 – Spread an equal amount of vegetable mixture on each clam, covering them completely. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top and then top each clam with a piece of bacon.
Step 5 – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Broil the clams for 10-15 minutes until the bacon pieces become slightly crispy. Remove the Clams Casino from the oven and serve immediately.
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