- 2 cups dry white wine
- 2 shallots, sliced
- 5 garlic cloves; 2 crushed, 3 minced
- 3 pounds small clams in shells, scrubbed and rinsed
- 1 poblano chile, seeded and chopped
- 1 ear corn, kernels cut from the cob
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 2 cups prepared masa for tamales* (not masa for tortillas)
- 2 jalapeno chiles
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, chopped
- Micro cilantro or amaranth sprouts (if available), or cilantro leaves
- Diced red Fresno chiles
- calories 356
- caloriesfromfat 68 %
- protein 9.1 g
- fat 27 g
- satfat 11 g
- carbohydrate 20 g
- fiber 2.8 g
- sodium 380 mg
- cholesterol 51 mg
How to Make It
Put wine, shallots, and crushed garlic in a large pot. Set a steamer basket in pot, add clams, and cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer briskly over medium-high heat until clams open, 5 to 10 minutes.
Transfer clams to a plate and let cool. Strain broth from pot; set aside 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. and chill. Remove meat from clams, saving 8 shells; chill meat and shells.
Meanwhile, in a large frying pan over medium heat, sauté poblano chile, corn, and pepper in oil until chile is tender-crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Add minced garlic; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Remove about 2 tbsp. of mixture and set aside.
Stir masa in a bowl with 2 tbsp. reserved clam broth and 2 tbsp. water. Stir in corn mixture from pan and half of clam meat. Spoon into 8 (4- to 6-oz.) oiled ramekins; smooth tops. Cover each with foil.
Put a rack in a roasting pan and fill pan with water to just below rack. Set ramekins on rack. Cover pan tightly with foil. Heat over 2 burners on high heat until a little steam escapes; reduce heat to medium-low and cook until tamales feel fairly firm, 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small frying pan over medium-high heat, cook jalapeños until blackened, turning occasionally, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool, then peel, seed, and dice.
Boil reserved 3/4 cup clam broth in a saucepan over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/3 cup, 5 minutes. Stir in jalapeños. A few minutes before serving, whisk in butter a bit at a time until melted. Stir in remaining clams and heat until warm, then stir in shells.
Unwrap ramekins; put on plates. Spoon clam sauce on top and set a clamshell on each. Top with reserved poblano chile, cilantro, and Fresno chiles.
*Masa for tamales has fat, leavening, and salt added to ground corn. Find it at Latino markets.
Nutritional analysis is per ramekin.