the next worst thing after a limp handshake is a clammy handshake. unfortunately, a clammy handshake, you really can’t help (unless of course, you get surgery for those sweaty palms – who knew that was even possible!?), but limp handshakes? c’mon. yes, i judge you based on your handshake. umm yeah…how do i make a transition from handshakes to delicious white clams? forget it. C.L.A.M.S!!!
when you buy clams, be sure to get the ones that aren’t already opened. if your clam-monger gives you those, then give him a mean eye, because those are the dead ones and gross. instead, get some beautiful ones like these:
- 24 clams (scrubbed clean)
- 1/4 cup of butter (half a stick)
- 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/4 cups of dry white wine (you can also use seafood stock)
- 1 tablespoon parsley
Melt butter in large pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and clams to the pan, and stir for 2-3 minutes. Some of the clams will already start to open up. Add the wine (or stock) to the pan and cover to steam. Check on the clams until all have opened and the wine has reduced. Yank out any stubborn clams that refuse to open. Stir in parsley and serve. The broth will taste good served with some sort of toasted bread.
You can use this simple recipe and mix in mussels as well.
Or, you could just stick to plain clams.