Clams with Sausage is by far one of my favorite appetizers EVER! I have been making it for years. Honestly, I could eat clams almost everyday of my life. Want to make as a meal? Serve it up with pasta. Either way, be sure to have loads of bread for dipping in this amazing sauce. You will not believe the flavor you will achieve from such a quick, and easy recipe. About twenty minutes from prep to plate!
If you are local to Charlotte, head on over to The Carolina Meat & Fish Co. for fresh littleneck or middleneck clams!
PREPPING THE CLAMS
It’s super important to prep the clams before cooking. Fill a bowl with water. Add in a few tablespoons of flour. Place the clams in the bowl and allow to soak for about five to ten minutes. The clams will ingest the flour and spit it out along with any dirt.
Rinse the clams. Place back in fridge until ready to use.
CLAMS WITH SAUSAGE
While the clams are soaking, heat up the olive oil in a deep pan. Add the sausage. Break up and brown. Toss in the minced garlic and shallots. Allow to cook for a few minutes.
Add in the halved cherry tomatoes, red pepper flakes and a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper. Allow the tomatoes to cook down for just a few minutes.
Pour in the clam juice and white wine and allow to come to a fast simmer. If you are feeding more than three to four people, I would consider doubling this recipe. Believe me, you will NOT have leftovers!
Gently add in the clams, cover and allow to steam open. Have a bowl reserved to the side so that you can remove the clams as they open. Doing this will ensure that the clams do no overcook and become “chewy.” If after about five to seven minutes, the clams fail to open, remove and discard.
Once all of the clams have opened, and have been removed from pan, very gently fold in the cannellini beans (I highly recommend using Bush’s). Allow to heat through. This will only take a few minutes. Pour finished sauce on top of the clams in the bowl. Garnish with the fresh chopped parsley and lemon wedges. ENJOY my Clams with Sausage!
Serve with crusty bread to soak up all of this amazing sauce. I assure you, this will become one of your new favorites! Have a deep desire for more clam recipes? Check out a few of my other recipes using these beauties from the sea! SPAGHETTI AND CLAMS, CLAMS IN A RED CURRY COCONUT BROTH, CLAMS IN SAMBUCA CREAM, AND CLAMS OREGANATA!