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Grilled Littleneck Clams with Oregano Pesto

Grilled littleneck clams with oregano pesto is a variation of ClamsOreganata. Try to use littleneck clams no larger than two inches indiameter. If you don't have access to a grill, this dish may be createdunder the broiler in your oven. (Be careful not to let the top of theclams burn by placing the clams on a baking sheet and placing the sheeton the lowest rack in the oven.)

18

littleneck clams

3

large

fresh sprigs of oregano

3

medium

cloves of garlic, finely chopped

Pinch, of salt to taste

Black, pepper to taste

Cayenne, pepper to taste

2

tablespoons

Colavita? Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1/4

cup

white vinegar

1

tablespoon

grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

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Place littleneck clams in a bowl of warm (not hot) water to facilitate

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the relaxation of the shell mussel. When the shell begins to open along

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the seam, carefully slide a small knife into the clam to release the

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mussel and divide the clam in half. Carefully rotate you knife tip

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around the inside of the clam to release it entirely from the shell.

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Place shell halves on a baking sheet. If a shell should crack, transfer

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the clam to a whole shell.

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Remove the oregano leaves from the stem and chop finely, either by hand

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or in a mini food processor. In a bowl combine the oregano, garlic,

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salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oil, vinegar and cheese. Place 1/4 to 1/2

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teaspoon of this mixture on top of each clam. If mixture remains, you

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may add more to the clams, dividing it evenly among them.

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Charcoal grill users please see note above. Heat your gas grill to about

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F. Place clam shells on the grate carefully. Allow clams to steam in

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their juice in the shell until bubbling appears. Remove to serving

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platter and enjoy.

Servings: 1

Yield:

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Entire recipe (2.2 ounces).

Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients. 5 of the recipe's ingredients were not linked. These ingredients are not included in the recipe nutrition data.

Amount Per Serving

Calories

10.98

Calories From Fat (4%)

0.48

% Daily Value

Total Fat 0.06g

<1%

Saturated Fat 0.02g

<1%

Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 291.5mg

12%

Potassium 74.32mg

2%

Total Carbohydrates 4.15g

1%

Fiber 0.25g

1%

Sugar 0.02g

 

Protein 0.1g

<1%

Tips

NOTE: If you are using a charcoal grill, the clams may be opened and themixture combined prior to lighting your grill so that optimal heating isachieved. When the grill reaches the appropriate temperature, place themixture on the clams and head straight to the grill.