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Appetizers, Fish and Shellfish, Mains

Manila clams with chorizo

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Total time: 1 hour | Serves 6
  • 1/2 pound fresh bulk chorizo
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 3 tablespoons slivered garlic
  • 2 chiles de arbol pods
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 small plum tomato, chopped
  • 1 pound small Manila clams (about 21 clams)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked cannellini beans, optional

Step 1In a 5-quart pot, break up the chorizo and cook until it is lightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the pot and set aside.

Step 2In the same pot, add the olive oil and sweat down the onion and carrots over medium-low heat until soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes.

Step 3Add the chile pods, white wine, tomato and the browned chorizo. Cook on low heat, covered, for 30 minutes. Add the beans, if using.

Step 4Add the clams and cover. Clams will begin to open in about 5 minutes. To serve, spoon onto warm appetizer plates and drizzle with olive oil.

Note: From Jessica Boncutter at Hog Island in San Francisco.
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