- Prep time
- 15–20 minutes PT20M
- Cook time
- 20–25 minutes PT25M
- 3–5 servings
Give your clams a decidedly Spanish flair with flavorful chorizo, chili flakes and smoked paprika.
- 1½ cups white wine
- 1 pinch of saffron (optional)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ yellow onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- 4 garlic cloves, sliced thin
- ¼ pound dry Spanish chorizo, sliced into half moons
- 25 littleneck clams, cleaned
- 1 lemon, halved
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 loaf crusty bread
If using saffron, heat wine to a light simmer in a small sauce pot. Take off the heat, add saffron threads and let steep.
In a large sauté pan with a lid, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion until slightly soft and translucent. Add smoked paprika, chili flakes, garlic and chorizo and cook 1–2 minutes.
Add clams to the pan, then add the wine. Squeeze the lemon juice into the pan, then add the halves (the rind will add another dimension to the sauce).
Cover and steam until the clams open, approximately 7–8 minutes, then discard any that don't open.
Remove from heat, top with parsley and serve with crusty bread.
Techniques used in this recipe:
- deglaze: to use a liquid, such as wine, water, or stock, to dissolve food particles and/or caramelized drippings left in a pan after roasting or sauteing.
- coat: to sprinkle food with, or dip it into, egg, flour, chocolate, sauce, etc.
Small, hard-shell clams often eaten raw on the half shell.
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