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Clams Casino

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time25 minsTotal Time25 mins

This recipe for Clams Casino is the perfect starter for a romantic dinner for two. Fresh clams are baked with a bit of breading, bacon and herbs for a simple, light, and best of all easy appetizer.

Pair Recipe with Clams Casino with:
Creamy Scallops with Pappardelle

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 4 slices bacon (about 4 ounces)
 2 medium shallots
 1 red bell pepper
 1-2 cups coarse kosher salt, plus more
 2 tsp Colavita Aged White Wine Vinegar
 ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
 3 tbsp Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
 2 tbsp chopped parsley
 2 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed, shucked, left on the half shell

Preheat your oven to 500°F and arrange a rack in the middle of the oven.


Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp, 5–7 minutes. You can also cook your bacon in the microwave on a paper towel-lined plate.


Let the bacon cool, then dice into small pieces.


Purée shallots and bell pepper in a food processor until finely chopped.


Heat 2 tablespoons Colavita olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.


Add shallot mixture to the pan and season with 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes.


Add Colavita White Wine vinegar to the pan and cook, stirring, until liquid is evaporated and mixture begins to look dry, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.


Toss panko with the remaining 1 tbsp of Colavita olive oil and parsley in a small bowl; season lightly with salt. Spread a layer of salt on a rimmed baking sheet and arrange clams over to keep steady. Top each clam with a level 1/2 tsp. shallot mixture (you may have extra), then top with bacon and breadcrumb mixture. Roast until breadcrumbs are lightly toasted and clams are just cooked through, 6–8 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

Servings 6