Thursday, September 1, 2011

Aunt Anna's baked clams

I'm gonna get smacked for this.

Not for sharing my aunt's recipe, but for showing you her picture. My mother's only sister is not the type to bask in the glow of (loving) attention or praise.

But I can't help myself. Anna makes the most amazing baked clams. They are the first thing we eat at the Christmas Eve dinner table and the most-requested food item when the whole family gets together each August.

What am I supposed to do, pretend that these rituals don't exist? Because my aunt's a little shy? 

It's not like she hasn't given me a good head smack before, you know. I can take it.

Besides, I get a lot of requests for my own baked clams recipe. And I'm getting tired of having to explain to people that I don't have one. Come to think of it, I have never baked a clam in my entire life. And if I did decide to bake some, I would just call my aunt and ask her how she makes hers so that I could maybe have a shot at producing the taste that I crave.

These are Anna's clams. Sadly, this August came and went without the annual family weeklong gathering, and so the next chance I will have to enjoy my aunt's baked clams is still another four months away.

I really cannot wait.

Anna's baked clams

2 dozen cherrystone clams, shucked (leave the clams whole)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 Tbsp grated cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup clam juice
2 Tbsp olive oil

In a bowl mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, garlic and parsley.
Place a light layer of the mixture on each clam in the half shell.
In a separate bowl mix together the clam juice and olive oil, then put a scant teaspoon onto each clam. 
Place the clams under the broiler for around 5 minutes, or until the topping is nicely browned.


Fred said...

My BW has a slight variation on this recipe that is worth trying--and I too may get a head smack for this revelation. Try a touch of fresh, chopped tomato in the breadcrumb mixture. And, of course, you'll want a squeeze of fresh lemon before you suck these babies down your gullet! The tomato-enriched breading, sans the clam juice, also make for a delicious baked stuffed mushroom.

Mister Meatball said...

The tomato add sounds real good, definitely worth trying.

But if you think I'm about to advise my dear auntie on an alternate approach to her baked clams, then you have been sucking on that bottle of Strega too often, my friend.

One clam-related head smacking is enough for me!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I love your Aunt Anna - and her recipe.

Claudia said...

Everyone should have an Aunt Anna. I like to grill the clams in the summer - bake them in the winter. Aunt Anna knows her stuff.

Mister Meatball said...

Linda & Claudia: I'll see if yooz can borrow her sometime.

Anonymous said...

I love clams and mussells, lobster too and salmon...I will make these clams soon, over the next week or so on the beach in Washington state with friends who will dig them up and I will bake them like your Aunt, we will sing songs and enjoy each others company, kids from my childhood all grown up..can't wait, oh, my mangia..mjs Happy Labor day guess summer never came here but it is here now, some sunshine, blue skies and warm warm weather..oh, my goodness, will take the sun after a miserable rainey, dreary full year...mangi luv your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Mmmmm...I can almost smell them and I know how good they must taste!