Oysters And Clams On Spinach

Oysters And Clams On Spinach


1−1/2 Pound Fresh spinach; stemmed
12 Hard clams
4 Slice Bacon; finely chopped
2 Tablespoon Butter
1/4 Cup Minced shallots
3 Tablespoon Dry Vermouth
12 Oysters; opened by fish monger; juices reserved
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Soak the spinach in several changes of water until completely free of grit;
set aside for later.

In a 4−quart saucepan, set a vegetable steamer over 2 inches of water and bring the water to a boil. Add the clams to the steamer, cover and steam for 5 minutes or until they open. Remove the clams from their shells and reserve for later.

In a 12−inch skillet over low heat, cook the bacon until it begins to render
its fat. Increase the heat to medium and cook the bacon until it is crisp.
Discard the fat in the skillet and add the butter to the remaining cooked
bacon bits in the skillet. Over medium heat, heat the butter. Add the
shallots and saut for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring on occasion, or until

Add the vermouth to the shallots and boil until almost evaporated. Hold a
strainer over the skillet and strain the oysters’ juices into the skillet.
Reserve the oysters for later. Simmer the juices until almost evaporated.
Add the spinach to the skillet, cover and cook for a minute or until just
wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the oysters and clams you reserved to the spinach and cook them, uncovered, for 30 seconds or until the edges of the oysters curl.

With tongs set some spinach on four appetizer dishes. Place 3 oysters and 3 clams per person on top of the spinach, then spoon the skillet juices and bacon bits over the shellfish and spinach. Serve immediately.

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