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Spicy Braised Clams with Sausage and Corn

Yield 4 servings (serving size: about 7 clams, 3/4 cup sausage mixture, and 3/4 teaspoon basil)
Briny littleneck clams are balanced with spicy jalapeño peppers and sweet summer corn in this delightful summer stew. Serve with a tossed green salad and crusty French bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces turkey Italian sausage
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 thinly sliced seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups chopped fresh plum tomato (about 4 tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  • 1 1/2 pounds littleneck clams

Nutrition Information

  • calories 237
  • fat 8.3 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 3.2 g
  • polyfat 2.5 g
  • protein 20.4 g
  • carbohydrate 23.1 g
  • fiber 3.7 g
  • cholesterol 65 mg
  • iron 9 mg
  • sodium 516 mg
  • calcium 51 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring to crumble. Add garlic and jalapeño; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in tomato, oregano, 1 tablespoon basil, salt, and black pepper; bring mixture to a simmer. Cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in corn; cover and cook 2 minutes.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high; stir in clams. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until clams open; discard any unopened shells. Divide mixture evenly among 4 bowls; sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon basil.