Valentines Day Appetizer

RECIPE BY ATHENA CALDERONE, COOK BEAUTIFUL


RECIPE


1 Stick unsalted butter, at room temperature 3 Green onions, finely chopped 1 Clove garlic, minced 1 Jalapeño, seeds removed, minced 1⁄4 Cup fresh basil, finely chopped 1⁄4 Cup fresh parsley, finely chopped 1 Lime, zested and juiced 1⁄2 Teaspoon kosher salt 24 Clams, scrubbed and rinsed 1 Baguette, sliced and toasted, for serving


STEPS


In a small bowl, mix together the butter, onions, garlic, jalapeño, basil, parsley, lime zest, and salt. If you’re not using the jalapeño butter immediately, refrigerate it until ready to use. Just before serving, gently melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.

Preheat a grill over medium-high heat to about 400 F. Place the clams directly on the grill. Cook just until the clams pop open, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove them to a platter or news- paper, discarding any clams that do not open. Spoon a little jalapeño butter over each clam and drizzle them with the lime juice. Serve the clams with toasted slices of baguette and the remaining butter on the side. I also love these served on top of pasta, I made a quick sauce with the remaining jalapeno-herb butter, freshly grated parmesan and some of the pasta water!


 

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