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For easier shucking, steam clams over simmering water for two minutes or just until their shells barely open. Run a knife or small screwdriver around a shell's edge, and pop it open. If you partially steam the clams, reduce the broiling time by a minute or two. The clams may be unsteady on the jelly-roll pan, so you can line the pan with a bed of rock salt for more stability.

Tim Cebula
Recipe by Cooking Light November 2007

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Yield:
12 servings (serving size: 3 clams)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pancetta to pan; cook 6 minutes or until pancetta begins to brown, stirring occasionally. Add wine; cook until liquid evaporates (about 30 seconds), scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add bell pepper, shallots, and garlic to pan; cook 4 minutes or until tender. Place pancetta mixture in a medium bowl.

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  • Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure about 3/4 cup. Add breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, and black pepper to pancetta mixture; stir until blended.

  • Preheat broiler.

  • Discard any clams with broken or open shells. Shuck clams; discard top halves of shells. Top each clam with about 1 rounded teaspoon pancetta mixture. Broil 4 minutes; turn pan. Broil an additional 3 minutes or until tops are browned and clams are done. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

61 calories; calories from fat 43%; fat 2.9g; saturated fat 1.2g; mono fat 1g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 3.2g; fiber 0.1g; cholesterol 15mg; iron 3.9mg; sodium 163mg; calcium 25mg.
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