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Source: web.tcpalm.com - a New England clambake from Legal Seafoods chef Joe Coletto
The clambake - it's an American tradition with a history that goes back to the first settlers. For survival, the pilgrims originally adopted from the local Indians the practice of baking shellfish in a sandpit. Today, the clambake has become a favorite summer ritual that brings friends and family together for an all-American feast? where's a better place to have a clambake than in the state that's built on sand.
A clambake serves up mouth watering lobster, steamers, potatoes, corn, sausage, and all the fixings, that makes a clambake a culinary tradition - and speaking of tradition, a clambake usually takes place at the beach, but as you can see in the following recipes, a clambake can be prepared on the backyard grill, the stove top, and even the microwave oven.
The classic clambake: On the beach in a hole
All amounts in these recipes are based on per person servings.
The best (and humane) method for preparing the lobster for these recipes is to freeze them for 10 minutes prior to cooking. It puts them asleep.
4 ounces chorizo sausage
1 bag rockweed
1 large onion
You'll also need a shovel, lots of wood or charcoal, dry beach rocks, aluminum foil, and a canvas tarp.
12 people is
4 x 4 x 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Carefully remove the coals exposing the hot rocks. Quickly place the ingredients on top of the rocks in the following order:
10-inch layer of rockweed
Lobsters lying back to back
2-inch layer of rockweed corn on the cob
Steamers wrapped in cheesecloth
Sausage wrapped in foil
2-inch layer of rockweed
Corn on the cob
1-inch layer of rockweed
1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. A good guideline to follow is when the onion is done, the clambake is done.
The clambake in the microwave:
1 corn on the cob, husk and silk removed
Place rockweed in bottom of microwaveable cooking bag. Place corn and lobster on top of rockweed. Add lemon. Close bag and cook for 8 minutes on HIGH.
Remove lobster from microwave, and let sit. Place steamers in another cooking bag on a plate and cook for 3 minutes on high. Remove clams from microwave and serve with lobster and corn.
The clambake on the grill:
1 (1 pound) lobster
8 ounces sausage
3/4 to 1 pound steamer clams
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 corn on the cob
2 or 3 medium bliss potatoes
Remove silk from the fresh corn leaving the husk, and soak for 15 minutes.
Cut bliss potatoes in half and coat with a vinaigrette.
Grill sausage, potatoes, and corn for 10 minutes.
5 feet of heavy aluminum foil in half and place on table. Place
1 inch layer of rockweed big enough to protect the foil from the lobster in the center of the foil. Place grilled corn, sausage, and potatoes on the foil. Add the lobster and the juice of half a lemon. Wrap in foil leaving a little air pocket at the top. Cook on hot grill for 25 minutes.
The clambake in a pot: Clambake Soup variation
2 quarts cold water
Your favorite herbs pinch of crushed red pepper
12 ounces beer or wine
1 cup diced of each of the following: zucchini, summer
squash, tomato, celery carrot, and onion
2 corn on the cob with husks removed
2 pounds chorizo or andouille sausage
4 (1 pound) lobsters
4 pounds steamer clams
2 handsful rockweed
20 to 30 minutes.
Add bliss potatoes, corn squash, tomatoes, zucchini, and sausage. Add lobster. Cook for 10 minutes.
Cooking the steamers:
1-inch layer of rockweed. Cover pot, and rock for 8 to 10 minutes more.