My Hubby’s Beer-Steamed Littleneck Clams are so good dipped in melted butter! Plus, I’m sharing his tips for how to clean clams. It’s fun to have a mini clambake at home!
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I married a New Englander, so he’s always known how to cook clams. I, on the other hand, grew up in the ’burbs of the Midwest. I’ve always known how to open a can of clams. It was time for an intervention!
So, today, I’m sharing my hubby’s beer-steamed littleneck clams recipe, plus his tips for cleaning the clams. There’s nothing worse than a mouthful of gritty sand when you’re trying to enjoy a clambake!
Are clambakes a big deal where you live? They are here in Northeast Ohio. More clams are sold in the Cleveland area than anywhere in the U.S., outside of New England. The typical Cleveland clambake includes steamed littleneck clams, chicken, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, plus any number of side dishes like coleslaw and mac ‘n cheese. But, the clams are the best part, as far as my hubby and I are concerned.
I asked him to teach me how to make steamed clams so we could enjoy a huge portion at home, dipped in melted butter, of course. We decided not to do a full clambake, so I just steamed some corn on the cob over the beer broth while the clams were soaking (more on that in a bit), and cooked the sweet potatoes in the microwave. The melted butter was perfect on everything, and we dunked fresh Italian bread in the beer broth that was keeping our clams warm.
For our beverage, we went with iced tea, since I’m not a beer drinker. As I mentioned in my Iced Tea and Rum Cocktail post, my hubby loves iced tea but was using a can of powdered mix before we discovered Tradewinds Slow-Brewed Iced Tea. He’s been enjoying the Sweet Tea and plain Unsweet varieties, since those are widely available locally.
When I went to Heinen’s to buy the clams though, I was happy to find two other unsweetened Tradewinds flavors: Hint of Lemon and Hint of Peach. I figured the lemon one was perfect for our clambake dinner, so we drank that with some Stevia added for sweetness. You can check Tradewinds Find-A-Bottle to see where you can purchase the iced tea.
And now, here are my hubby’s tips for cleaning clams:
- Fill a large pot or bowl with cold water and a small handful of salt. Set the pot next to the sink.
- Rinse each clam under a light stream of cold water from the faucet while using a brush to scrub off any dirt.
- Place the scrubbed clams in the salted water to soak for 15 minutes, which will draw out the sand.
- Remove the clams to a colander and drain the water from the pot. Rinse out the pot.
- Fill the pot or bowl once more with salted water and soak the clams again for 15 minutes.
- Drain and rinse the clams before steaming them.
As for the beer broth, my hubby uses equal parts beer and water. We added a bay leaf for flavor, but you can add the seasonings of your choice. Just don’t forget the melted buttah!
(Recipe Source: My hubby and Cooking with Mamma C as part of a #MomentsToSavor #ad)