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Pop-Open Clams with Horseradish-Tabasco Sauce

Photo: © Anson Smart
Yield 4 first-course servings
Top grilled crusty white bread with grilled clams with homemade hot sauce for an easy seafood appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons drained horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet pimentón de la Vera, Spanish smoked paprika
  • Salt
  • 2 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • Grilled slices of crusty white bread, for serving

How to Make It

  1. Light a grill. In a small bowl, blend the butter with the horseradish, Tabasco, lemon zest, lemon juice and pimentón de la Vera. Season with salt.

  2. Arrange the clams over high heat and grill until they pop open, about 25 seconds. Using tongs, carefully turn the clams over so the meat side is down. Grill for about 20 seconds longer, until the clam juices start simmering. Transfer the clams to a serving bowl. Top each clam with about 1/2 teaspoon of the horseradish-Tabasco sauce and serve with the grilled bread.