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.
Yield: Makes 4 servings
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 684
- Calories from fat: 24%
- Protein: 47g
- Fat: 18g
- Saturated fat: 8.4g
- Carbohydrate: 78g
- Fiber: 3.8g
- Sodium: 976mg
- Cholesterol: 124mg
- 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.
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