Joe Rosetta's Clams
About a million years ago Joe taught me how to make clams.
Here is the recipe in as clear a fashion as I can say. You
make these clams and you better have enough clams for
everybody! We have had several potential serious issues
because the clams ran out before the crowd was satisfied.
Joe was a great guy, an Iron Worker from New Jersey. Driving
around with Joe meant that you would hear "I built that bridge, that
building, that freeway" It was always a pleasure to know
somebody who actually worked on and constructed and did so much that
we all use. If the bridges, buildings and freeways were not there we
would have a much more difficult life. I confess that today I
tell my Grand kids the same thing. I digress.
Here is the best clam recipe that you will ever need. Thanks
to Joe Rosetta.
Wine-- Something nice I selected a nice Argentinean White,
with a citrus feel and a good rating. Please do not use swill
to cook with, the ingredients should be all of the best
Oregano, I like Greek, but you may prefer Mexican, or if you grow
your own! Well that is a really good choice. Black Pepper and
really good olive oil. I buy mine from an importer in Santa
Cruz. This is really really good olive oil. So good it
comes in a Mason Jar! Also a measuring cup for the wine.
Clams, about 1.5 pounds per person, you can do about three pounds at
a time with this recipe
Equipment, a nice pan with a tight fitting lid, This is an AllClad
Pan®. It works for me. Stainless steel or ceramic.
Cast iron or aluminum will react with the salt. No
Well there are several things that you can not have too much
of. Joe was adamant about GARLIC, there were several other
items, but they go beyond the scope of this recipe.
Cut off the nasty little lends and just keep the good parts.
Then cut it up into little tiny pieces.
Then dice it like this
Then it should look like this.
I put the clam in so you can judge the size of the garlic bits.
Now put a little olive oil in the HOT pan and add a little black
pepper and oregano. It should foam or bubble up a bit.
Nice you have it almost down!
Oh I forgot, go out in your garden and grab some Parsley--Organic
Use a scissors to cut it up when you need to.
Ok Now lightly cook the garlic in the oregano and pepper Olive oil.
Opps I forgot to tell You to rinse the Clams. Rinse them a few
times just before you put them in the pan with the garlic that is
slightly roasted--Not Burned up!
Ok now put the clams in the pan.
Now put in the wine, use a nice wine that you would like to
drink. It should be dry, with slight hints of citrus, and a
clean flavor. See where my finger is.
Now look at the next picture, look where the vine is now, guess
where the wine went?
Wrong I did not drink it, I put it in the pan with the clams!
I used the scissors and cut up some parsley and added a handful of
Put it on the stove for about three minutes, keep the lid on, when
all the clams open you are done.
I was going to show you what it looked like when it was done, but we
got all excited and ate the clams before I got a picture.
Clams in Wine and Garlic by Dan Napier