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Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon chopped fine
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely-diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely-diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-grated Parmesan
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 24 cherrystone clams shucked, and the
  • bottom shells reserved
  • Coarse salt for filling the
  • pan and platter

Details

Servings 24

Preparation

Step 1

In a heavy skillet cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring, until it begins to brown but is not crisp, transfer it with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, and discard the fat from the skillet.

In the skillet, wiped clean, cook the onion and the garlic in the oil over moderately-low heat until they are softened, add the bell peppers and the oregano, and cook the mixture, stirring, until the bell peppers are crisp-tender.

Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and stir in the bacon, the vinegar, the Parmesan, and salt and black pepper to taste. The bell pepper mixture may be made 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled.

Arrange the clams in the reserved shells in a jelly-roll pan filled with some of the coarse salt (to balance the shells), divide the bell pepper mixture among them, and bake the clams in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are just cooked through. Arrange the clams on a platter filled with more of the coarse salt.

This recipe yields 24 baked clams, 4 to 6 servings.

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