Baked clams oreganata

3
2
2
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
19 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
9 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
There's nothing more special than serving clams for an appetizer before a successful dinner party. These clams are flavored with a delicious mixture of breadcrumbs, parsley, lemon zest, oregano, garlic, and hot pepper sauce. Using the broiler means you can make quick work of this recipe; it comes together in less than 20 minutes. If you’re not comfortable with opening clams yourself, you can have your fishmonger open them for you, reserving the juice and shells. If you like, substitute a 6 1/2-ounce can of chopped clams in place of the fresh clams. Simply drain the clams, stir into the breadcrumb mixture, spoon into twelve (4-inch) ovenproof ramekin dishes, then follow the directions from step 3.

Ingredients

seasoned breadcrumbs

cup(s)

fresh parsley

2 Tbsp, fresh, chopped

lemon zest

1 tsp, grated

dried oregano

½ tsp

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

hot pepper sauce

tsp, about 3 drops

uncooked clams with shell

1 pound(s), 12 cherrystone clams, scrubbed and shucked (12 half-shells and 1⁄3 cup of clam juice reserved)

fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp

reduced-calorie margarine

2 Tbsp, melted

lemon(s)

1 medium, cut into 6 wedges

Instructions

  1. Combine the bread crumbs, parsley, lemon zest, oregano, garlic, and hot pepper sauce in a medium bowl, rubbing with fingertips to infuse the crumbs with flavor. Stir in the reserved clam juice (mixture should be crumbly).
  2. Preheat the broiler. Arrange the 12 clam half-shells on a broiler pan or jelly-roll pan. Place a clam in each shell and top with the crumb mixture.
  3. Combine the lemon juice and melted margarine in a small bowl. Drizzle 1 teaspoon lemon mixture over each clam. Broil 6 inches from the heat until the crumbs are golden and clams are just cooked through, 8–9 minutes. Serve with the lemon wedges. Yields 2 clams per serving.

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