Clams are one of our favorite ingredients and without a doubt at Christmas is when we like to use them the most. So that this year you have many options and they come out delicious, we propose these 17 clam recipes to make it big at family reunions, for example at Christmas parties.
From the classic appetizer recipes like clams a la marinera more sophisticated dishes Like clam soups or clam stews with potatoes or rice, this mollusk is full of culinary possibilities and these are our recommendations, starting with the tricks to clean them correctly. To take into account all budgets, we have included 14 recipes with clams and three more with chirlas, which are cheaper.
Four plates of clams as appetizers and servings
1. Clams a la marinera
Perhaps the clams a la marinara recipe would be my first choice if I had to choose a dish with this ingredient. The creamy sauce, just the right touch of spice and a good piece of village bread and I don’t need more to be happy at aperitif time.
2. Clams in hot sauce
This pan of clams with spicy sauce is another of the great recipes to make with clams, mussels or chirlas. During these holidays, I recommend that you try the clams in hot sauce, a party dish for the whole family, as long as you adjust the spiciness to the taste of all diners. Make bread …
3. Clams and asparagus with chamomile with ham
This is one of the classic appetizers served in The Castela, a traditional bar in Madrid that became very popular with the visit of Michelle Obama and her daughters a few months ago. There they prepare the clams and asparagus with chamomile with ham with a recipe very similar to this one. Do not stop trying it.
4. Clams in green sauce
The classic flavor of Basque recipes, is evident in this recipe for clams in green sauce, one of the most common in the Christmas tables of the families of our country. The secret is to cook them without overdoing it to get a smooth flavor and a sauce with the ideal texture. They never disappoint.
Four recipes with clams as a garnish
5. Monkfish in green sauce with clams
Clams are also a Garrison great for fish dishes and recipes. Both with hake and with this monkfish in green sauce with clams, it works great. Keep it in mind this Christmas if you plan to make a fish recipe.
6. Quinoa soup with clams
One of the first quinoa recipes that we have published – many years ago – was this recipe for quinoa soup with clams. I assure you that it is a real discovery for when you fancy a comforting spoon dish and packed with nutrients.
7. Creamy rice with clams and octopus
We love fish and seafood rices, and even more so when they have two ingredients as rich as this creamy clam and octopus rice, which will make everyone’s mouth water just by looking at it. You will not deny that you wanted to prepare it one of these days …
8. Rice with clams
We continue with rice and a classic is rice with clams, very simple and very clean, ideal to degrease after a few days of excesses and with the rich flavor that the cooking broth brings to this recipe.
Six recipes for clams in soup format
9. Microwave white wine clam casserole
For those who do not have almost time After making the previous recipes, this microwave-prepared clam casserole with white wine is a good option so as not to give up the flavor and the christmas snacks more appetizing at this time of year.
10. New England Clam Chowder
What better than a good clam broth to tone the body, as we did with this New England style soup that he taught us to prepare MJ using the Thermomix. Its texture, its intense flavor and its presentation make this dish a good choice for light dinners or as a starter at festive celebrations.
11. Cod chowder and seafood
We could say the same about this exciting typical Irish dish, the cod and seafood chowder in which clams, prawns and aromatic herbs form an unbeatable combination. If you try it, you will fall in love with its delicious taste.
12. Clams with steamed sake
Is version of an oriental recipe made with Japanese clams It was Spanishized by Pintxo that obtained a dish full of flavor and very simple in whose preparation he uses sake in a similar way to when we use a little sherry wine in our seafood preparations. Don’t forget to try the clams with steamed sake if you fancy an oriental touch at your table.
13. Galician clams with cachelos
The potato clam mix always works and even more so if we use Galician cachelos or potatoes with their unforgettable texture and mix them with the wonderful Carril clams. In this recipe for Galician clams with cachelos, you can breathe the Galician aroma in each tablespoon. It is a simple recipe, almost for beginners that will leave you well satisfied this year.
14. Sartenada with clams, mushrooms and prawns
Sometimes the mixture of ingredients is the cause of success, as in the case of this pan of mushrooms, clams and prawns that we suggested a long time ago as an aperitif. With its abundant broth who will appreciate a good bread to spread and the different flavors, it will surely please everyone at home. Recommended!
Three recipes with chirlas to lower the budget
When the holidays approach and prices rise, a good alternative to slimy clams or japonicas can be chirlas, which are always cheaper. With them you can prepare almost all the previous recipes without problem, practically the only difference being the smaller size. With this ingredient we have made these recipes.
15. Chirlas soup with rice
I love this chirlas soup with rice. It’s easy, it’s cheap, and most importantly, it’s great. With very little budget, you can prepare a spoon dish of the kind that you sing on the cold nights of December. Remember.
16. Black spaghetti with chirlas
Nothing like a sea-flavored pasta dish for recover after a night of partying and Christmas carols. These black spaghetti with chirlas and tomato were a hit at home and whenever I find clams expensive, I use chirlas to make them with this recipe from Lola how much I like it.
17. Potatoes with chirlas and prawns
A classic stew like potatoes with chirlas, it rises in category with the contribution of prawns. For the most important dinners between partiesThis comforting and cheap recipe will surely come in handy, it cannot be to do all the feasts if we want to be more or less fit to start the year.
And so we complete this selection of 17 recipes with clams to succeed this Christmas in the confidence that they will be good for you to make your appetizers, starters, main dishes using this ingredient in these parties. Have you tried all of them? Which one do you like the most? You will tell us about it.
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