Today I’m sharing one of my very favorite seafood appetizers I’ve enjoyed for 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 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-size 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!
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Originally published January 15, 2012 and updated with new photographs June 23, 2017.