Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Yield: 6 servings
1 can (6oz) chopped clams, reserve clam juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup finely minced Vidalia onion
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 medium sweet Italian sausages out of their casings
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Paprika to sprinkle
4 – 6 tablespoons melted butter
In a small skillet, cook sausage until done over medium heat. Crumble, and set aside. Keep the liquid fat.
Add 2 tablespoons oil and 1 tablespoon butter to a small skillet, and place pan over medium heat. Add onion, pepper, and garlic; sauté until tender. Remove from heat, and cool.
In a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs, lemon juice, crumbled sausage with rendered fat, oregano, cheese, sautéed vegetables with their oil/butter and chopped clams with reserved clam juice (use just enough to wet the mixture – approximately 2 tablespoons). Mix well.
Fill muffin-cups (or small ceramic scallop shells with mixture and placed on baking sheet). Sprinkle with paprika. Drizzle with melted butter.
Bake at 450 degrees F for 7 minutes.
Serve immediately. Use Tabasco sauce & lemon wedges as side condiments.
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Maine-Style Baked, Stuffed Clams - the best you have ever eaten! This recipe is a Maine-style seafood dish, which adds old world flavors like sweet Italian sausage. Adding the sausage to the stuffed clams, adds a rich savory flavor and a spicy-sweet kick. This dish is simple and easy and is perfect for all seasons. Even if you're not a seafood lover, you'll really enjoy the minced clams in this savory hors d'oeuvre. Some people like to substitute crab for the clams. Either way, this buttery dish is fabulous.