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  • 4 to 7 dozen littleneck clams
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 pound of thick cut bacon, diced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • kosher salt/pepper
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 bottles clams juice
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley, more for garnish
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • lemon wedges
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, plain
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese

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So, this may not your typical Clams Casino recipe. However, it is basically the same, just in a deconstructed version. Let me begin by saying that it was phenomenal, right down to the crunchy breadcrumb topping! When you are down to the very last clam, you will be wanting more and more. So, I suggest making a lot. I served this as an appetizer for two people using four dozen littleneck clams. Honestly, I could have cooked up some pasta and made an entire meal out of it! That gives me a thought for next time. You can make at least six to seven dozen clams using the ingredients in this recipe!

From prep to plate, you are looking at about twenty to twenty-five minutes. Your Family and Guests will think you are a rockstar chef!

a bowl of clams casino deconstructed


Start rendering the bacon in a deep pan. Fry until crispy. As the bacon is frying, prep the other ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the flour with enough water to cover the clams. Click here to learn how to clean clams properly. Be sure to discard any clams that are open prior to cleaning.


In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and fresh parsley. Melt the butter in the microwave. Pour the butter into the bowl with breadcrumbs/parsley, combine to coat. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Heat a non-stick pan to medium. Toast up the breadcrumb mixture. Be careful not to burn. Remove from heat and reserve.

When the bacon is super crispy, remove about half and place on paper towel to drain. With the remaining bacon in the pan, carefully remove all but about three tablespoons of the bacon fat. Lower the heat to medium. Add in the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Allow the garlic and shallots to soften a few minutes. You are NOT looking to brown the garlic/shallots.

a pan of bacon, shallots and garlic

Pour in the clam juice and white wine. Turn up heat to medium-high, or just under a boil. Add in the fresh parsley and cleaned clams. Cover with lid. Allow the clams to steam open. This will take only a few minutes. Discard any clams that do not open.

clams steaming in a pan


Remove pan from heat and toss in the diced tomatoes. Transfer clams to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Ladle the pan sauce onto the clams. Garnish with the reserved bacon and more fresh chopped parsley. Sprinkle on the breadcrumb mixture. Serve with a side of lemon wedges. As mentioned earlier, you can serve this deconstructed version of Clams Casino as an appetizer, or cook up a bit of linguine, and serve as a meal. ENJOY!!!

Check out more of my amazing clam recipes: Clams with Sausage, Clams in Sambucca Cream, Clams Oreganata, Spaghetti with Clams, Clams in a Red Curry Coconut Broth, Manhattan Clam Chowder, and New England Clam Chowder.


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