Recipes: Clams

In the dining room or at the cottage, clams can be prepared and enjoyed in a variety of ways from the simple to the elaborate. Steamed, baked, fried or used in chowders, clams are as much a part of summer on Prince Edward Island as our sandy beaches.

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Island Clam Pasta with Tomatoes and Herbs

Serving: 4 portions

Ingredients:
1 lbs Dry Pasta (Linguini or
Fettuccini is recommended)
2 lbs Fresh P.E.I. Clams
2 cups Chopped Whole Peeled Tomatoes
2 oz White Wine
2 tbsp Chopped Herbs (such as dill,
chives, tarragon, and parsley)
2 tbsp Minced Shallots
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Minced Garlic
1 tbsp Butter
a few drops Tabasco Sauce

Preparation:
Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but a little firm (al dente). Cool the pasta and toss with 1 tbsp of the olive oil.

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a sauce pot and sauté shallots and garlic. Add Clams and white wine and bring to a simmer. Cover and steam for 4 - 7 minutes (depending on size).

When the Clams are open, remove them and keep them hot.

Reduce the liquid in the pot by one third, add the tomatoes, and simmer for two minutes. Add herbs, butter, Tabasco sauce, and season with salt and fresh cracked pepper and stir.

Re-heat the pasta in boiling water and place it into the sauce and toss together.

Place the pasta and sauce in pasta bowls and garnish with the cooked clams.

Steamed Clams with Tomatoes and Herbs

Serving: 4 portions

Ingredients:
2 lbs Soft Shelled Clams
2 cups Chopped Tomatoes
3 oz White Wine
2 tbsp Minced Shallots
1 tbsp Minced Garlic
2 tbsp Chopped Herbs (such as dill,
chives, tarragon, and parsley)
2 tbsp Butter


Preparation:
Melt 1 tbsp butter in a sauce pot and sauté shallots and garlic. Add clams and white wine and bring to a simmer. Cover and steam for 5 - 8 minutes (depending on size).

When the clams are open, remove them and keep them hot.

Reduce the liquid in the pot by one third, add the tomatoes, and simmer for two minutes. Add herbs, stir in the remaining butter, and season with salt and fresh cracked pepper.

Place the clams in a bowl and pour the tomato broth over top and serve with crusty French bread.


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