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When we throw parties I think long a hard about what sort of food to prepare… Will our event be casual of slightly more formal? Will we offer a sit down dinner with multiple courses, or just set out heavy hor d’oeuvres?

Although I love grand dinner parties, I find people are more comfortable when we keep things casual.

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Just because you decide a party menu will be mostly snack foods, doesn’t mean it can’t be nice. This year forgo the chips and salsa and try your hand at making classier party snacks…

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Imagine fresh steamed clams kissed with decadent bacon and parmesan cheese, balanced by vibrant lemon, fresh rosemary and red peppers. The fact that these beautiful clams are served “on the half shell” provides a touch of elegance to an otherwise down-home dish!

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Clams Casino is the perfect party snack this season. It’s cozy, yet luxurious. Just the kind of food we crave around the holidays!

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Cooking Notes:

I hate to shuck clams, or any sort of shellfish, and avoid it at all costs. However, I’ve discovered steaming the clams for just a minute eliminates the need for shucking. Steam them until they are slightly opened. Then twist off the tops, saving the bottom half with the barely cooked clam.

Most shellfish served on the half shell are presented cold, on a bed of ice. Clams Casino are piping hot when you offer them to your guests. A creative way to serve Clams Casino, so they don’t teeter around, is to lay them on a bed of dried grains or beans. These dried split-peas made a lovely and functional bed!

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Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
32 mins
An irresistible Clams Casino recipe, not to be missed! Fresh clams topped with crispy bacon and herbs, then toasted with breadcrumbs.
Servings: 24 clams
Nutrition Facts
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Amount Per Serving (2 clams)
Calories 36 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 69mg 3%
Potassium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.4%
Vitamin C 8.2%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 24 littleneck clams
  • 5-6 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (at least)
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Fill a large pot with 2 inches of water and a place a steaming basket over the top. Place the pot over high heat. Once boiling, add the clams to the basket and cover for 1-3 minutes, until just barely opened.

  2. Open the clams and twist off the top shell. Lay the bottom with the clam on a baking sheet. Repeat with the rest.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium. Add the chopped bacon and cook until brown. Add the red pepper, shallot, garlic and rosemary.
  4. Sauté another 3-5 minutes until the onions are soft, then add the panko breadcrumbs. Once the breadcrumbs are toasted, squeeze the lemon juice over the top and taste for salt and pepper.
  5. Scoop the bacon mixture on top of the clams, distributing evenly.
  6. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over the tops. Bake for approximately 5-6 minutes—until the tops are crisp. Serve warm.

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  1. Hyosun Roposted December 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm Reply

    I missed this in March, but thanks for the reminder in Facebook. This looks amazing. Book marked. Making them for my New Year’s eve appetizer.

  2. Cookin' Canuckposted May 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm Reply

    What a beautiful presentation. Cheese, bacon and clams – now that is entertaining at its best.

  3. Kulsum at JourneyKitchenposted March 28, 2011 at 10:34 am Reply

    Outdoor gatherings are my thing! To be honest I love cooking and eating outdoors and you have done such a marvelous job/

  4. Maris (In Good Taste)posted March 28, 2011 at 8:13 am Reply

    What beautiful pictures. Sad to say the extent of my cooking with clams comes from a can :(

  5. blackbookkitchendiariesposted March 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm Reply

    you are truly talented my friend! i love how delicious this dish looks! and your photos are just amazing!

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  7. Sprinkled With Flourposted March 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm Reply

    When you get a chance, stop by and pick up a couple of awards at my blog:)

  8. A Canadian Foodieposted March 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Beautiful photos, presentation and yummy recipe!!!

  9. Victoria @ Mission: Foodposted March 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm Reply

    I agree that shucking clams can be annoying, and I’ve used that same trick before! Excellent. I also love how you served these over split-peas, a great alternative to rock salt and definitely more colorful!

  10. Stevieposted March 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm Reply

    Clams Casino are wonderful. I really like the name and the dish. I don’t eat “land animals.” How do you think these would work without bacon? Is there a pescatarian substitute that you could recommend?

  11. Magic of Spiceposted March 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm Reply

    What cleaver tips, and I loving these beauties!

  12. Chris and Amyposted March 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm Reply

    Great idea to steam them first. These clams look lovely and make us long for spring!!!

  13. Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Parisposted March 10, 2011 at 1:53 am Reply

    I loved your description of a spring dinner…! My first time with your clams casino..Wait for me!! How much is a plane ticket to your place??!!

  14. Monetposted March 9, 2011 at 11:12 pm Reply

    This should be in a magazine. Your photographs are just stunning! I want a spring garden party now…with these clams! Thank you for sharing this loveliness tonight. I hope that tomorrow is full of happy moments, joyful conversation and plates of satisfying food!

  15. Marisaposted March 9, 2011 at 10:46 pm Reply

    I really like your idea of steaming the clams to let them open a little–I’ve got to try that because I also can’t stand shucking them. These came out so lovely–they look great on top of those split peas!

  16. Lisa @ Tarte du Jourposted March 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Lovely photos…. this looks like it would be good Florida food! (where I’m from) So delectable…. you inspire me!

  17. Lawyer Loves Lunchposted March 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm Reply

    What a great snack for an outdoor (or indoor) party! The idea of cold seafood is kinda disconcerting for me (I know, I can never eat oysters or even shrimp cocktail) so I was onboard as soon as you mentioned that these are served piping hot! :)

  18. Rosaposted March 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm Reply

    I’ve never had clams and I am no sure if I would like them, but your presentation and dish are just mindblowing! It looks yummy.



  19. Trishposted March 9, 2011 at 9:57 am Reply

    What beautiful photos and the flavors in this dish sound wonderful. Now I’m craving seafood for lunch.

  20. Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.composted March 9, 2011 at 10:57 am Reply

    Sommer, you have such beautiful photography and so many delicious recipes we simply have to pass the One Lovely Blog Award on to you! Thanks for all you share with us all!

  21. Kankanaposted March 9, 2011 at 1:21 am Reply

    They looks soo delicious! Last time I made Clam it was a disaster :( have to buy them again and this time I will follow your recipe ..

  22. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchenposted March 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm Reply

    Love the photos…they look incredible! I can’t wait for spring and to try out this amazing looking recipe Mmmm…. :)

  23. wizzythestickposted March 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm Reply

    What an impressive spread!

  24. torviewtorontoposted March 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm Reply

    beautiful presentation looks yummy

  25. Valerieposted March 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm Reply

    These look amazing:) haven’t had them in sooo long!

  26. A little bit of everythingposted March 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm Reply

    your description of the get together makes me call some of my friends over and have a small party.
    lovely photos Sommer

  27. Susiposted March 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm Reply

    My whole family loves seafood and clams are one of our favorites. Clams casino make for such an elegant appetizer that is always well received. Yours look mouthwatering delicious. Love your trick with the lentils!

  28. Lot-O-Chocposted March 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm Reply

    Oh yum, ive never had clams before, I would love to try these ones that youve made, I might have to think about getting some!

  29. Kate @ Diethood.composted March 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm Reply

    Your description of a get together in the backyard sounds like an invitation… when should I be there? ;-)
    Those clams are drool-worthy… Beautiful food, amazing photos!

  30. [email protected] Spicyposted March 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm Reply

    I love the idea of outdoor food gatherings too.Love the second picture from top.Everything looks delicious.

  31. Steve @ HPDposted March 8, 2011 at 10:57 am Reply

    Love love love the lentils on the serving plate. What a great idea. Cheers!

  32. Kristenposted March 8, 2011 at 10:37 am Reply

    I imagine your guests never leave hungry! What a great dish to serve.

  33. Geniposted March 8, 2011 at 10:12 am Reply

    Oh gosh, those look delicious, and your photos are beautiful! I wish I had a platter of those for dinner tonight instead of a bowl of oatmeal!

  34. Eileenposted March 8, 2011 at 7:33 am Reply

    Beautiful pics Sommer. My mom use to make clams casino. I’m not a clams fan but yours looks good!

  35. Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Growposted March 8, 2011 at 7:36 am Reply

    I’ve only recently started liking clams, but bacon always makes it better, so I bet I would love those! They look fantastic!

  36. denise @ bread expectationsposted March 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm Reply

    Oh my, my my! Gorgeous clams and the name is just fabulous dahling! Love the bed of lentils idea and those V & B dishes are completely to die for!

  37. Sanura @ MyLifeRunsOnnFood.composted March 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm Reply

    Seafood seems intimating at first, but it’s easy to prepare. I love dropping clams in Italian tomato sauces.

  38. Lora @cakeduchessposted March 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm Reply

    Sommer-This is one of my favorite party foods! Your clams looks fabulous! Love the bacon mixture..must’ve been just perfect!!:)

  39. Pachecopattyposted March 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm Reply

    I love your description of an early spring evening with an appetizers on the deck kind of dinner party. My husband loves clams casino and I would be very popular in my household if I made and served your recipe at a party, thanks for sharing it;-)

  40. bunkycooksposted March 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm Reply

    These are beautiful photos. My hubs loves Clams Casino. Thank you for the inspiration.

  41. elle marieposted March 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm Reply

    Beautiful tables-cape… have not had clams casino in ages.. my Mr. would absolutely love this dish, he is a sea/fish person more than poultry and red meats.. beautiful lighting!!!

  42. Julianaposted March 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm Reply

    Sommer, your clams look delicious…you really got my mouth watering…love the idea of topping it will all the yummie stuff. Beautifully done. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :-)

  43. 5 Star Foodieposted March 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm Reply

    These clams are just gorgeous, wonderful with bacon & lemon/rosemary flavors!

  44. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted March 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Sommer, you have such a beautiful blog and I’m so glad to have found it! This clams dish looks absolutely delicious. I’m looking forward to exploring your recipes and seeing more! :)

  45. sweetlifeposted March 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm Reply

    i love garden parties, a perfect treat to nibble on as we sip on cocktails..yummy sommer!!


  46. Meganposted March 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm Reply

    What a delightful outdoor get together! I am gazing at the frosty rain here in KC today and wishing I could be there enjoying these instead. Looks gorgeous!

  47. Cherineposted March 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous plate!! Looks wonderful!

  48. Angie's Recipesposted March 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm Reply

    Beautiful presentation! Believe me, I could have finished at least half of the serving plate…looks so tasty and pretty.

  49. Chef Dennisposted March 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm Reply

    hi Sommer
    those clams Casino look outrageously delicious! they are truly a classic dish that you do not see often enough.
    There is something so special about the combination of flavors that makes it impossible to eat just one or two. I do have a little trick for you, place the clams in the freezer for an hour or so and they will open just a little bit by themselves, making shucking them unnecessary! that’s how I make them anymore, and they do freeze well after they’ve been stuff too!

  50. [email protected]posted March 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm Reply

    I love love love the steaming tip! So much better than fighting with a closed clam. Thank you! And I adore clams casino… they somehow feel very retro, probably because my grandmother served them. But your presentation with the dry lentils is so fresh and modern, it’s perfect!

  51. Claudiaposted March 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm Reply

    I haven’t had these in ages – what a grand wake-up call. Mind you, I am surrounded by snow – but oh that looks good. (I never shuck the clams either – I always scrub and steam).

  52. Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.composted March 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm Reply

    Great photos, beautiful presentation and delicious recipe, as usual! Love the mix of “down-home” and elegance. Great post!

  53. Ollie McKay'sposted March 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm Reply

    OMG ~ I am lusting after this meal! This looks and sounds so delicious!! My hubby will LOVE it!! So glad I somehow (??) landed on your Blog ~ now a follower for sure! Happy Monday to all!

  54. Lizposted March 7, 2011 at 11:33 am Reply

    Beautiful presentation! I sure wish my family would eat clams…this dish looks amazing!

  55. Sprinkled With Flourposted March 7, 2011 at 10:51 am Reply

    Oh, yes please! I adore clams, and this recipe has my mouth watering:) I love the flavors here. Beautiful photos too!

  56. Adrianaposted March 7, 2011 at 10:32 am Reply

    I love the outdoor pictures and the platter, but not more than the tips on opening the clams without shucking and the recipe itself. Wow!

  57. Fresh and Foodieposted March 7, 2011 at 10:10 am Reply

    This is stunning! What a beautiful presentation on the lentils — the colors just pop! I’ve never had clams casino, but I’d love to try yours.

  58. Roxanposted March 7, 2011 at 9:52 am Reply

    Whoa, Sommer these are so cute and fancy looking! My husband would LOVE them. I have to make these for him…

  59. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted March 7, 2011 at 9:32 am Reply

    I’m with Terese, Sonia and Belinda … what time is dinner and when is the next food photography class? I would have never dreamed I could make something like that but you make it look so easy. Happy Monday :)

  60. soniaposted March 7, 2011 at 9:01 am Reply

    Awesome dish and beautiful pictures. Simply wow… !

  61. carolinaheartstringsposted March 7, 2011 at 9:37 am Reply

    Wow, does that look wonderful. When’s party I will be right over!

  62. Belinda @zomppaposted March 7, 2011 at 8:35 am Reply

    What time did you say dinner was, y’all??? I’m there!!

  63. Tereseposted March 7, 2011 at 7:15 am Reply

    The photos are awesome, Sommer!!! When’s dinner? ;-)