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Grilled Littleneck Clams With Lemon-Butter Sauce

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Rating: 5/5
3 reviews

ready in: 2-5 hrs
serves/makes:   6

recipe id: 80927
cook method: outdoor grill, stovetop

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18 littleneck clams
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon milk
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped


Scrub the clams and place them in several changes of cold salted water for an hour or two, to purge the sand.

While they are soaking, start the grill.

Prepare the sauce by combining the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan and heating slowly until the butter has melted; then simmer.

When grill is hot, place the clams on it, about 5 inches above the heat; cover them, and allow them to "steam" open. When the clams are fully opened, after about 5 minutes, carefully remove them from the grill. Try not to spill their juices.

Ladle a teaspoon of the butter sauce into each clam and serve immediately, with grilled garlic bread.

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177 calories, 16 grams fat, 2 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in carbs.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
These were pretty good

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Fantastic. I always thought littlenecks were best raw, but after trying this recipe, I'll always grill them in the future. I replaced white wine with Vermouth, Heavy Cream with Half and Half and Chives with Cilantro. I have a 14 month old girl and she was drooling. Delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
It turned out to be very good, however, I changed it a little bit in that rather than use a dry wine, I substituted a nice reisling. Secondly, rather than parsley, I used cilantro. I think it had a bit sharper taste than the original recipe.

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