It’s been hot lately! And a light dinner is all you need sometimes. If you are a raw clam enthusiast, I think you will really like this! This is such a fun dish! Open some clams up and start this party! Enjoy and have fun getting messy!
- about 6 cherrystone clams per person but get some extra, they are delicious! Scrub them clean. You can also use little neck clams.
- celery leaves
- 2 small tomatoes or more
- lime wedges
- lemon wedges
- grated horseradish
- a good hot sauce that you like
- Worcestershire sauce
- some peppadews, cut up
- pimento stuffed olives, sliced
- fresh ground black pepper
- Old Bay Seasoning or any spicy seafood seasoning that you like
Open up your clams! I usually try opening them up, straight on, if that doesn’t work I aim towards the belly. If it’s your first time, do it with someone that can show you. If the clam shell breaks, don’t worry about it, practice makes perfect. Hold your knife blade in between the clam lips securely. You will feel it locked into that tiny wedge. Cup your hand around the clam with the tips of your fingers hugging the knife. Your fingertips and palm will push together forcing the knife into the clam. Once your knife is in the clam, you are almost there. Run your knife to the right, to unlock the clam, it will release and your clam is now open! Just run your knife under the clam releasing all of the meat, including the muscles. Try not to lose any clam juice as it’s part of this dishes’ deliciousness!
|You can also use a towel to hold your clam in place and to protect your hand.|
Arrange your clams and place a celery leaf on each one. Take your tomatoes and halve them. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and liquid and place a little on each clam. You can set aside the rest of the tomato and use for another purpose. (Great sauteed in a little olive oil and garlic, topping pasta with it. Or used in a salad or in your morning eggs.) Top each clam with a little Worcestershire sauce. Around your clams, arrange some chopped peppadews, olives, the wedges of lime and lemon, all the sauces and seasonings. Putting the hot sauces and horseradish into shot glasses or mini wine glasses adds to the fun. Vodka is optional!
|Mmmm…topped with lots of lime juice and fresh ground pepper and a little Sriracha sauce.|