For the clams: In a large pot over high heat, add the oil and when hot, add the thyme, jalapeno , garlic, and lemon. Cook for 1 minute, and then add the white wine, red chile flakes, and butter. Bring this mixture to a boil and then add the clams. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low and steam for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the clams and strain over a bowl, reserving the cooking liquid. When clams are cool enough to handle, remove from their shells and chop.
Guy's tip: If using canned baby clams, build the clam liquid the same as above and then add the baby clams and 1/3 cup of the can liquid into the broth, turn off heat and let sit 15 minutes. No need to chop these!
For the fritter batter: In a medium saute pan over medium-high heat, add the butter and, when melted, add the red bell pepper, onions , and jalapenos. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes, and then add the garlic and 1 tablespoon of the parsley and cook for 1 minute more. Remove to a plate to cool.
In a large bowl, add the flour, cornmeal , 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and baking powder. Mix well. Make a well in the center and add the beer and the egg yolks, and fold together with a rubber spatula until well combined. Add in the cooled vegetable mixture, the chopped clams, and 1/2 cup to 1 cup of the reserved, strained cooking broth. You are looking for the consistency of pancake batter .
In a large skillet over high heat, add the canola oil and when hot (200 degrees F) add the fritter batter in 1/3 cup amounts, careful not to crowd. Be cautious, these pop sometimes, splattering hot oil. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, gently turn over and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate, sprinkle with reserved salt and repeat. Can be held warm in a 275 degrees F oven for 15 minutes.
Serve with lemon wedges, the remaining 1 tablespoon minced parsley, and the Fritter Dipper Sauce In the small bowl of a food processor fitted with the bottom blade, add the egg yolk, vinegar, horseradish , and salt and pulse to combine. With the motor running, very slowly add in the olive oil in a fine stream.
Once mayonnaise is created, add the remaining ingredients, and adjust seasoning if needed.
Guy's Tip: If you have time, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes allow flavors to marry.