Clams Casino

Clams Casino

Not only is clams casino an easy recipe to prepare, it can be made ahead of time and popped into the broiler whenever you're ready.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Scrub clams under cold running water until the shells are clean (see tip).
  3. Step 3

    Cut each strip of bacon, crosswise, into 6 equal pieces.
  4. Step 4

    In a large skillet , melt butter over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until not quite crisp. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the fat. Set aside.
  5. Step 5

    Using the same skillet, add red bell pepper to the bacon drippings and cook until softened, about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Step 6

    Add garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, about 1 minute.
  7. Step 7

    Turn off the heat and stir in breadcrumbs, Parmesan, black pepper, and table salt. Set aside.
  8. Step 8

    Fill a Dutch oven or a heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid with 2 to 3 inches of water. Bring to a rapid boil over high heat.
  9. Step 9

    Add clams, cover the pot, and cook until the shells open, about 5 minutes.
  10. Step 10

    Immediately drain the clams to prevent overcooking. Discard any unopened clams. Let clams cool until they can be handled.
  11. Step 11

    Twist and pull the clamshells apart and remove the clam to loosen its muscle. Place the clam back into the deeper of the 2 shell halves. Discard the remaining shell.
  12. Step 12

    Preheat the broiler to high. Place an oven rack 6 to 8 inches below the heat source.
  13. Step 13

    Spread a generous amount of rock salt over the bottom of a heatproof baking dish. Nestle clams slightly into the salt to stabilize them.
  14. Step 14

    Divide the breadcrumb mixture evenly over each clamshell and top each clam with 1 piece of the bacon.
  15. Step 15

    Transfer to the oven rack and broil clams until the tops are golden brown and crisp, and the edges of the bacon are crisp.
  16. Step 16

    Sprinkle the parsley over the top and serve hot with lemon wedges.
  17. Step 17

    Serve and enjoy.