Okay, so I know that clams are probably not the first thing you think of when you get that urge to crank up the grill. Me either…my mind goes right to burgers, or chicken, or (my fave!) grilled pizza. But one day I happened across a recipe for grilled clams with lemon ginger butter and grilled bread, and I just couldn’t look away. Live dangerously, I thought, and I went out and bought me a couple of pounds of clams.
Now, you aren’t actually putting the clams directly on the grill itself. They are going to cook in one of those big disposable aluminum pans that you can get in the supermarket, and which you can toss after dinner, thereby saving you (or your Southern husband) from washing yet another dish. But before we get to the clams, we need to discuss the lemon ginger butter. Prepare yourself.
You take a 1/2 a stick of soft butter, and mix it up with some minced shallot, some chopped fresh parsley, a little lemon juice, some lemon peel, and some minced fresh ginger. Add in a little salt and pepper. Now take a few slices of French bread and spread a thin layer of this fabulous butter on one side.
Now crank your barbecue up to high and lay the clams in a single layer in your aluminum pan. You may need two pans, which worked out great for me since my store sells them in sets of two. It’s like it was meant to be.
Put the pan on the grill, close the cover, and open it up about 8-10 minutes later. The clams should now be opened up and cooked. So far so good! Scoop the clams out with a slotted spoon and pop them in a big serving bowl. Your pan will have a nice amount of clam juice in it – this is good. Very good. Grab the rest of the lemon butter that didn’t go onto the bread, add it to the pan, and put the pan back on the grill until it is all melted and wonderful.
Now you have your lovely cooked clams…
I don’t bother dividing the clams among separate plates – I just put the big bowl in the center of the table with the toasted bread, give everyone a plate with some toasted bread, put another bowl on the table for the empty shells, and say “Dig in!!”
And you thought the grill was just for burgers. 🙂
Recipe from Epicurious