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Fried Clams

 Fried Clams
The clam's crunchy, golden coating will truly melt in your mouth. One bite and you'll understand why these are considered a delicacy! Tim Connolly, Freeport, Maine
12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1-1/2 cups yellow cornmeal, divided
  • 1/2 cup cake flour, divided
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 12 fresh cherrystone clams, shucked
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Tartar sauce or seafood cocktail sauce, optional


  • In a shallow bowl, combine 3/4 cup cornmeal and 1/4 cup flour with
  • the water, forming a batter. In another bowl, combine the remaining
  • cornmeal and flour.
  • Dip clams in batter; shake off excess. Coat with cornmeal mixture.
  • In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry
  • clams, a few at a time, for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain
  • on paper towels; sprinkle with salt.
  • Serve immediately with sauce if desired. Yield: 1 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 clam (calculated without sauce) equals 127 calories, 4 g fat (trace saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 106 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a

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Wine (continued)
medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer