Mexican recipes: Baja stuffed clams: Almejas brujas

Mexican recipes: Baja stuffed clams: Almejas brujas


24 large clams
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
6 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
8 ounces manchego, asadero, or jack cheese, grated


Open the clams by inserting a knife between the shells and cutting the muscle that holds the two shell stogether. Cut the meat from the bottom shell and chop it finely. Scrub the shells and set aside. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, add the onion and garlic and saute over medium heat until the onion becomes transparent. Add the tomatoes and cook until they release their juices. Stir in the cilantro and remove from the heat.

Add the chopped clams to the tomato mixture, stirring well to combine all ingredients. If the mixture seems too loose, 1/4 cup fine, dry bread crumbs may be added. Stuff the shells with the mixture, sprinkle grated cheese over each one, and wrap them individually in aluminum foil. Grill over hot coals for 10 minutes. If cooking the clams in an oven, omit wrapping them in foil and place them in a pre-heated 375ยบ F oven for 10 minutes.

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