Clams with Garlic Sauce

Notes: You can cook the clams in a pan directly on the barbecue, on a gas barbecue's side burner, or in the kitchen. Tap any open clams; discard if they don't close.
Makes 4 servings


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2 heads garlic (about 6 oz. total)
1/4 cup (1/8 lb.) butter or margarine
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
6 dozen clams in shells (about 2 in. wide), suitable for steaming, scrubbed
1 loaf (1 lb.) sourdough bread


1. Place garlic on a flat surface. Press each head firmly to separate cloves. Discard root end and loose peels; do not peel cloves. Thread cloves, touching, onto thin metal skewers.

2. Lay skewers on a barbecue grill over a solid bed of very hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold hand over grill only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Turn as needed until garlic is soft when pressed and peels are charred, about 10 minutes.

3. When cool enough to touch, in 3 to 4 minutes, push garlic off skewers and squeeze cloves from peels; discard peels.

4. In a blender or food processor, whirl garlic, butter, wine, broth, and vinegar until pureed. Scrape into a 5- to 6-quart pan. Add clams; cover pan.

5. Bring to a boil over high heat (see notes) and cook until clams open, about 10 minutes. Ladle clams and broth into wide bowls. Serve with chunks of bread to dip into sauce.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 684
Caloriesfromfat 24 %
Protein 47 g
Fat 18 g
Satfat 8.4 g
Carbohydrate 78 g
Fiber 3.8 g
Sodium 976 mg
Cholesterol 124 mg