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Your guests will be impressed with our home economists' version of a classic upscale appetizer. Cayenne pepper nicely seasons the bread crumb topping.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound kosher salt
  • 1 dozen fresh cherrystone clams
  • 1/3 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450°. Spread salt into an oven-safe metal serving
  • platter or a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Shuck clams, reserving bottom
  • shells; drain liquid (save for another use). Arrange clams in
  • salt-lined pan.
  • Combine the bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons parsley, oil, garlic, cayenne
  • and pepper; spoon over clams.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes or until clams are firm and bread crumb mixture is
  • crisp and golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining parsley. Serve
  • immediately. Yield: 1 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 clam equals 34 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.