Today I’m sharing one of my very favorite seafood appetizers I’ve enjoyed for the past several years: Clams Casino.
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I’m so blessed to live on the coast of North Carolina where fresh local seafood is plentiful and abundant (especially clams!). This is by far one of my very favorite seafood appetizer recipes. Sometimes I’ll eat them as a meal with a fresh green salad… it’s pure heaven on earth!
I originally posted this recipe in January 2012 when I first started the blog, but I’ve made it so much over the years I had to bring it back with new photographs to give it the justice it deserves.
I love to go clamming and even have my own clam rake (it’s at my mom’s now so she can use it!). There’s just something so peaceful about digging that clam rake in the sand… and getting a little rush of excitement when you hear that little scratch on the rake when you hit a clam. I purchased these clams at my local seafood market because I haven’t been clamming in a while (a long while and talking about it makes me want to go!).
This recipe calls for medium-sized clams but a lot of my clams in the photographs are smaller little neck clams because that’s all they had at the market.
I adapted this recipe from The Outer Banks Cookbook: Recipes and Traditions from North Carolina’s Barrier Islands (affiliate link). There’s a ton of awesome seafood recipes in this book and I have thoroughly enjoyed it over the years.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have!
Originally published January 15, 2012 and updated June 23, 2017.
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- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
- 24 medium-sized clams, shucked
- Cracker meal, made from crushing about 8 saltine crackers in a resealable bag with a rolling pin
- 8 slices Swiss cheese
- 6 slices fully cooked bacon, each slice cut into quarters
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Optional: 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
- Combine melted butter and garlic in a small bowl and set aside.
- Loosen the meat from the bottom shell of each clam. Place clams open-faced on a large rimmed baking sheet.
- Sprinkle the clams evenly with the cracker meal, then evenly dab each clam with the butter garlic mixture.
- Top with a small slice of the Swiss cheese that has been cut to the size of the clam. Place cooked bacon slices over the Swiss cheese.
- Bake for approximately 8 minutes, or until the clams are fully cooked and cheese is bubbly and hot.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.
Adapted from The Outer Banks Cookbook
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