Recipe: Fried Clams
Last Thursday our youngest daughter was invited to go clamming with some friends of hers. I was excited because maybe, just maybe that meant she'd bring clams home for me to use in our clam chowder on Christmas Eve. She had a blast out there and was one of the first ones to get their limit (it was her first time clamming). When I picked her up she excitedly told me how we have got to go sometime because it's just so much fun! She also presented me with a bag of clams and explained to me what she had to do to catch them!
I put about 3/4 of them into the chowder but then really wanted to try making fried clams. I searched around a bit on the internet just to get an idea of what I needed to do.
To a plate I added about a cup or so (I used up what I had, so didn't measure) of Panko bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and a dash of cayenne pepper. To another pan, I added flour and seasoned it with salt and black pepper. In a bowl I lightly whisked an egg and a little bit of milk.
Dip clams in flour mixture and be sure to coat.
Then dip into egg mixture.
Finally, dip into bread crumbs, coating well.
In a shallow pan heat about 1/2" of oil till hot. I could kind of tell by looking at the oil that it was hot enough, plus by the time I turned the heat on and finished breading the clams I knew it was hot. I actually think it was too hot for the first batch (they browned pretty quickly, but didn't burn so they were fine).
Fry on each side for up to a minute or until browned. Drain onto a plate with paper towels. Sprinkle with more salt while still hot.
I didn't have cocktail sauce or any other sauce so just ate them plain. Nan thought they were good but could have had more seasoning and less breading.
I was also reminded why I rarely fry anything (other than the fact that it is not good for you at all), I HATE the way my house smells afterwards.
With Joy UNquenchable,