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Garlicky Littleneck Clams with Bacon + Wine Over Sautéed Spring Veggies: A bed of sautéed veggies makes the perfect base for this bacon-loaded seafood dish. Make sure you have plenty of crusty bread for dunking! #BaconMonth

Garlicky Littleneck Clams with Bacon + Wine Over Sautéed Spring Veggies

  • Yield: 2-3 Servings

Description

A bed of sautéed veggies makes the perfect base for this bacon-loaded seafood dish. Make sure you have plenty of crusty bread for dunking!


Ingredients

For Veggies:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced shallot (about 1/2 of a medium-large shallot)
  • 2 heads Shanghai bok choy, stem end removed, then cut into 1-inch wide slices, dark green parts separated
  • 1/2 cup sliced shiitake caps (from about 10 mushrooms)
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 12 stalks), trimmed and cut into 1-inch long pieces
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

For Clams:

  • 5-6 slices bacon, sliced into lardons (about 1 cup total)
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced shallot (about 1/2 of a medium-large shallot)
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 24 little neck clams, soaked and scrubbed
  • 1/2 cup white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
  • Fresh snipped chives, for serving (optional)
  • Crusty bread, for dunking (optional)

Instructions

  1. For Veggies: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and shallot and cook until fragrant and starting to soften, about 1-2 minutes. Add the thick ends of the bak choy to the skillet, season with salt and pepper, and sauté, stirring occasionally, until they start to get tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add the dark green ends of the bok choy, mushrooms, and tomatoes to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomato melts down into the rest of the veggies. Add asparagus and water and cook until the asparagus is just tender. Set aside, covered, to keep warm while you prepare the clams.
  3. For Clams: Place bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. until crispy. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate and discard all but 1-2 tablespoons of the bacon grease from the pan.
  4. Add garlic and shallot to the pan and cook until they start to brown, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Add tomato and let cook for another minute or 2 until it melts down a bit. Add clams to the pan along with wine and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Cook, covered, until the clams are fully opened, about 5 minutes. Remove lid and scatter bacon over the cooked clams.
  5. Serve clams on top of the sautéed veggies with snipped chives scattered on top and a side of crusty bread for dunking, if desired.

Notes

Original Recipe by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen – Ashley Covelli

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

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