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The Hirshon Clams Casino

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Units Scale
  • Rock salt, enough to cover bottom of broiling pan about 1/2-3/4 inches deep
  • 12 littleneck or cherrystone clams
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced thyme flowers (preferred) or fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 2 tbsp finely minced roasted red pepper
  • 1 tbsp finely minced jalapeños
  • 1 1/2 tbsp finely minced shallot
  • 2 1/2 tbsp dry white wine or vermouth (highly preferred, I use Noilly Prat brand from France)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp coarse fresh breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Good splash Worcestershire sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Additional softened unsalted butter
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Tabasco


  1. Pre-heat oven to 500º Fahrenheit.
  2. Arrange rock salt in broiling pan and pop in the oven to heat the salt.
  3. In a small sauce pan heat butter over med heat; sauté shallots, pimentos, garlic and jalapeños until garlic and shallots soften.
  4. Add wine/vermouth, Worcestershire, herbs and parsley and whisk until butter has melted and then simmer 1 minute. Grind in a few twists of black pepper. Add breadcrumbs and stir.
  5. Take off heat, set aside.
  6. Next, fry bacon over med-low heat until lightly browned but still undercooked.
  7. Cut bacon crosswise into thin strips and set aside.
  8. Boil some water mixed with wine or vermouth and any leftover herb stems in a medium pot, add clams and cover. Check them after a couple of minutes and remove clams that are just beginning to open with tongs.
  9. Take broiling pan out of oven and get ready to arrange clams.
  10. Being careful to not lose too much juice, twist top shell off of clam then carefully cut the bottom muscle from the shell.
  11. Arrange clams on the salt and spoon some of the casino butter/bread crumb mixture over each one.
  12. Place a few bacon pieces over each clam, then sprinkle with Parmesan. Top with a small amount (perhaps a ¼ teaspoon or so) of the softened butter.
  13. Click oven up to broil, put in the clams and broil until Parmesan is melted and bubbling.
  14. Serve with the lemon wedges or squeeze the wedges over the clams before serving.
  15. Be sure and eat with bread to sop up the delicious clam juice/casino butter mixture from the shells!
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  • Calories: 312.02 kcal
  • Sugar: 1.34 g
  • Sodium: 568.99 mg
  • Fat: 24.59 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.55 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.69 g
  • Fiber: 0.74 g
  • Protein: 13.57 g
  • Cholesterol: 67.75 mg