Grilled Clams with Three Sauces

With their distinctive salty-sweet taste and simple preparation, clams are well-suited for casual summer entertaining.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Grill Time:
6 mins
Stand Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Servings:
8

Ingredients

  • 36 small hard-shelled clams, such as littlenecks (about 5 pounds)

  • 1 recipe sauce, butter, or topper (below)

Stewed Tomato Sauce

  • ¾ cup bottled chili sauce

  • 1 pint halved cherry tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon adobe sauce

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

Tarragon Butter

  • ½ cup softened unsalted butter

  • 1 cloves minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoon snipped fresh tarragon

  • splash white wine

Brandied Cherry Topper

  • ½ cup cherry preserves

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives

  • 1 tablespoon brandy

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Scrub clams under cold running water. In a 6- to 8-quart stock pot stir together 4 quarts water and 1/3 cup salt. Add clams; let soak for 15 minutes. Drain, discarding water. Rinse clams. Repeat twice.

  2. Arrange clams in a single layer on rack of uncovered grill directly over medium-hot coals for 6 to 8 minutes, or until opened at least 1/2 inch, turning once. Remove clams as they open and keep warm while others cook. Discard unopened clams. Serve with topper. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Stewed Tomato Sauce

  1. In saucepan combine chili sauce, cherry tomatoes, lemon juice, and adobo sauce. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until very thick. Season to taste with sugar. Makes about 1-1/3 cups.

  2. Each serving (with clams): 89 cal., 1 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 38 mg chol., 104 mg sodium, 4 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 15 g protein. Daily Values: 8% vit. A, 24% vit. C, 5% calcium, 89% iron.

Tarragon Butter

  1. Each serving (with clams): 196 cal., 13 g total fat (8 g sat. fat), 71 mg chol., 66 mg sodium, 3 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 15 g protein. Daily Values: 16% vit. A, 21% vit. C, 6% calcium, 89% iron.

  2. In a bowl beat softened unsalted butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in garlic and tarragon. Chill. To serve, place a dollop inside each grilled clam shell; splash with white wine. Makes 1/2 cup.

Brandied Cherry Topper

  1. Each serving (with clams): 94 cal., 1 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 38 mg chol., 65 mg sodium, 5 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 15 g protein. Daily Values: 7% vit. A, 22% vit. C, 5% calcium, 89% iron.

  2. In a saucepan heat cherry preserves over low heat until warmed through. Remove from heat. Stir in chives, brandy, and pepper. Makes 1/2 cup.