Littlenecks Italiano – Clammy Comfort Food

Fri, 09/09/2022 - 10:30am

As the summer winds down and cool nights move in, I love to go clamming (in my secret spot – you know you have one too). I bring home my haul and whip up a pot of my Littlenecks Italiano – a steaming bowl of clams in a crazy delicious broth with layers of flavor – clammy comfort food to the max. Be sure to serve it with crusty bread for dipping and don’t blame me if you find yourself tipping your bowl and drinking the broth as it runs down your chin. I won’t judge...

Littlenecks Italiano
3 pounds fresh littleneck clams
1 large onion, chopped
8 large cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
4 ounces pancetta (or 8 slices of bacon), cooked crisp and chopped
3 large tomatoes, chopped
2 cups baby spinach leaves, packed
1 teaspoon red pepper flake
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon Dish off the Block Ciao Bella Italian Spice Blend
2 cups dry white wine
1 cup heavy cream
⅓ cup olive oil
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
¼ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 large French baguette, cut into slices, brushed with olive oil and toasted or grilled

Soak the littlenecks in cold water and lightly scrub the shells to remove any sand or debris.
Place them in a single layer in the bottom of a large deep skillet. Top evenly with layers of the onion, garlic, bacon, tomatoes, spinach, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Pour wine evenly over the top, followed by cream and then olive oil.
Place pan, covered, on medium high heat and bring to a boil. Let cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until clams begin to open. Open lid and gently toss to mix. Cover again and lightly boil for another 5 to 7 minutes until all of the clams are open.
Ladle out portions into bowls. Be sure to get a good mix of all ingredients and a lot of broth in each bowl. Serve with toasted crusty bread for sopping up the juices … my favorite part!
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