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Baked, Stuffed Clams

Total Time
35 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
20 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
Our lightened-up clam stuffing boasts a subtle smokiness, tender clams and a golden, crisp topping. Plan on reaching for seconds!
Ingredients

uncooked onion(s)

1 small, minced

uncooked bell pepper(s)

½ item(s), medium, minced

canned clams

12 oz, minced, drained, or 1 lb fresh chopped clams (buy 12 cherrystone clamshell halves separately)

cooked lean ham

2 oz, smoked, minced

seasoned breadcrumbs

½ cup(s)

grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp

dried oregano

½ tsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Rinse and pat dry clamshell halves. (Note: The clams and shells are purchased separately in this recipe to ensure that you can make the dish even if large-shell clams are not available. If you cannot find shells, simply cook the filling in miniature muffin tins. When available, shells can be purchased from your local fish store or the fish department at your supermarket.)
  2. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and warm over medium-high heat. Add onion and pepper; sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add clams and ham; sauté 2 minutes more. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl (there will be liquid in the pan) and add bread crumbs, Parmesan and oregano; mix well.
  3. Spoon one heaping tablespoon of filling into each clamshell (or miniature muffin tin if you do not have shells). Transfer stuffed clams to a baking sheet and bake until stuffing is golden, about 15 minutes. Yields 3 stuffed clams per serving.

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