Makes 8 to 10 appetizer servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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

Step 6

Nutrition analysis per 2-clam serving.

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