Elaine Walker, Seafood

Baked Clams

6 large clams in shells
1/2 c. Panko breadcrumbs, unseasoned
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup butter
2 T. Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 dash hot pepper sauce

Step 1
Rinse the clams in cool water then drain. Freeze them for 10 minutes or until the shells open. Remove the empty half of the shell from each one. Place the full halves onto a baking sheet.

Step 2
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and garlic mixture, and cook until golden brown, stirring constantly. Spoon onto the clams in the shells. Top with cheese.

Step 3
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until browned and topping is crispy. Serve with lemon and hot pepper sauce. (Directions are vague – 1 teaspoon lemon juice and hot sauce per clam?)