Steamed Clams With Ham, Bell Pepper, and Basil

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“I made this recipe a long time ago and just found it again in one of my old folders of recipes. These are simple and good as a first course. My notes said that I also used prosciutto instead of the ham one time and that it was good too. The grilled bread slices are good for soaking up the rich broth; if it is easier, the bread can be toasted under the broiler. From Bon Appetit June 2001.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter in heavy medium skillet over low heat.
  2. Add ham and bell pepper and sauté until light brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and dried red pepper; stir 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat).
  6. Lightly brush baguette slices on both sides with oil.
  7. Grill bread until light brown on outside but soft on inside, about 2 minutes per side.
  8. Combine clams and wine in large pot.
  9. Cover and boil over high heat until clams begin to open, about 8 minutes.
  10. Using slotted spoon, transfer clams to 6 bowls, discarding any clams that do not open.
  11. Add liquid in pot to skillet with ham-bell pepper mixture.
  12. Bring to boil over medium-high heat.
  13. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until liquid is slightly reduced, about 3 minutes.
  14. Remove from heat.
  15. Stir in basil.
  16. Pour mixture over clams, dividing equally.
  17. Serve clams, passing grilled bread separately.

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