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Clams Casino (From the Art of the Hors d'oeuvre, 4/06)

Category
appetizers
Cuisine
fish
Source
Joe George
Prep Time
40 minutes
Number of Servings
makes 36 pieces
Ingredients
4 slices bacon, minced
1/2 small onion, peeled and minced
1/2 green bell pepper, minced
4 ounces unsalted butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
4 ounces fresh bread crumbs
36 littleneck clams, scrubbed
Directions

Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until just done, drain most of the fat from the pan, then add the onion and bell pepper and cook for an additional couple of minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco sauce. Stir in the breadcrumbs and transfer the topping to a small bowl and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. Using a clam knife, open the clams and loosening the meat and leaving it in the bottom shell; discard the top shell. Preheat an oven to 375F. Arrange the clams on a baking sheet and top them with the chilled stuffing. Bake the clams for about 10-15 minutes, or until browned and bubbling. Serve hot.