Notes: Guests cook clams on the grill, then dip them in melted butter. This relaxed, do-it-yourself style is a signature of Sunset entertaining. The recipe easily expands or shrinks to accommodate any group.

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Recipe Summary

Makes 8 to 10 appetizer servings


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Scrub clams under cool running water. Discard any gaping clams that don't close when cleaned.

  • Place a bowl with clams, a basket with baguette slices, small forks, and napkins alongside barbecue grill. Place butter in a small pan on a cool section of grill.

  • Have guests set clams on grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill.

  • Cook clams until they pop wide open, 6 to 8 minutes. Pick up clams, using tongs or napkins to protect fingers, drain juices into butter, then pluck clams from shells, dip in butter, and eat.

  • When all the clams are cooked, dip bread into butter.

  • Nutrition analysis per 2-clam serving.

Nutrition Facts

110 calories; calories from fat 31%; protein 5.9g; fat 3.8g; saturated fat 1.9g; carbohydrates 13g; fiber 0.6g; sodium 184mg; cholesterol 18mg.