Makes 4 servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 3

When cool enough to touch, in 3 to 4 minutes, push garlic off skewers and squeeze cloves from peels; discard peels.

Step 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.

Step 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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