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Baked Clams Casino

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Makes

8 servings

A few years ago, I came across this clams casino recipe in the back of my files when I was looking for a special appetizer. Everyone raved about it. Now it's an often-requested dish. —Paula Sullivan, Barker, New York
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Ingredients

  • 3 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons each finely chopped onion, celery and sweet red, yellow and green peppers
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Dash dried parsley flakes

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Drain clams, reserving 2 tablespoons juice. In a large bowl, combine clams and remaining ingredients; stir in reserved clam juice. Spoon into 8 greased 6-oz. custard cups or clamshell dishes; place on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake until heated through and lightly browned, 10-15 minutes.

Baked Clams Casino Tips

Can you use fresh clams instead of canned clams?

If you prefer, you can use fresh clams—just try to buy as close to the day you're cooking as possible! Look for clams at a reputable fish monger, with no odor, and no clams open. If you buy fresh clams, you may want to bake this recipe in the shell! First, increase the oven temperature to 400°F. Then stuff the cleaned shells with the filling and bake until heated through and lightly browned, 6-8 minutes.

How do you serve baked clams casino?

Many people love this dish as an appetizer for the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner during Italian Christmas Eve celebrations. You can also serve it as an appetizer to your favorite Italian pasta, like shrimp puttanesca.

How do you store baked clams casino?

This dish will taste best fresh, as the breadcrumbs will start to get soggy after that. If you do end up with leftovers, they can be kept in the fridge for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. Here's our guide to how long most leftovers will keep.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Associate Recipe Editor/Tester

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 165 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 383mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 9g protein.

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