Oh boy summer is over and the beaches open for night digging next week. I'm out of squid and clams and am having to make do with oysters for now.
How do you like your bivalves? I've been pan frying hot and fast lately. Butter and olive oil can't take the heat, so I've switched to a duckfat and bacon grease mix. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside.
Raw with some hot sauce (and use to be on a cracker, but i'm sure I could ditch the cracker... MMMMMMMmmm. woops thats how I like oysters, started answering after first paragraph. I have actually never cooked or done anything with clams :(
Oh man, I grew up in Washington State and clammed for years. We would toss into bonfires, pull out, a drop of tabasco and some crumbled bacon, burning fingers of course, and eat like mad.
Clam chowder. Steam them with fresh herbs, white wine, butter, shallot. Try your hand at canning them. Dust with rice/potato/tapioca flour and do a quick pan sear. Clam sauce - herbs, white wine, butter, onion. Use them in curry, something nice with loads of lemongrass. Broil them.
Or just eat those babies raw with mignonette sauce until you fall over in happiness.