Drunken Clams with Sausage

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Author Notes: I developed this dish by experimenting with my favorite ingredients -- clams, sausage, wine and heavy cream. I love it because it is simple to make, because it takes very little time, because it impresses the crowd, and most of all, I love it for the broth! The broth takes me to another world and I can never have enough of it. But the key to getting the dish right lies entirely in CLEANING YOUR CLAMS PROPERLY! So before you go and take the plunge, here is a link to a pretty good explanation on how to do it http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-clean-the-sand-out-of-c-58389. QueenSashy

Food52 Review: WHO: QueenSashy is a scientist who loves her red Le Creuset pots.
WHAT: A comforting clam and sausage mix that combines both sweet and dry white wine for a powerhouse of flavor.
HOW: Just chop the aromatics, saute everything together, steam the clams, and it's time to eat!
WHY WE LOVE IT: The rich, tarragon-infused broth is the perfect match for a crusty loaf of bread, and the Littleneck clams pair perfectly with sausage.
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Serves 4

  • 4 dozen littleneck clams, cleaned and scrubbed (see Note)
  • 2 sweet Italian sausages (about 10oz), casing removed and meat separated into small pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/2 of small fennel bulb, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 5 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 3/4 cups sweet white wine, such as Muscat
  • 10 large fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  1. In a large saucepan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, until soft, for about 3-4 min. Add the garlic, celery and fennel and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Add the sausage meat and cook for another 5 minutes, until the meat is nicely browned.
  2. Add the wine (both dry and sweet) and bring to boil. Add the tarragon.
  3. Add the clams, cover with a lid and cook, shaking the saucepan from time to time, until the clams are open, for about 6 minutes.
  4. Add the heavy cream, gently shake the saucepan to mix, and simmer over low heat uncovered, for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Spoon the clams into bowls or soup plates. Stir the parsley into the broth, season with pepper and then pour over the clams. Serve with fresh bread.
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3 months ago laura j.

I made this for dinner tonight and it is AMAZING!!!!!! No modifications necessary whatsoever!!!

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8 months ago jen

Delicious...didn't have sweet wine but was fine without it!

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9 months ago bausdyn1

I love this recipe. I inadvertantly sent it as I was attempting to download & print the recipe. Kudos to Queen Sashy for a wonderful dish. I cannot, & do not, take credit for the recipe, but I have taken a lot of credit for a great dish whenever I make it.

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12 months ago alicia angeles

its taste great but i will try this using other organic herbals. sounds healthy food. thanks for sharing this recipe

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about 1 year ago RoundLake Cook

This was fantastic! Perfect for a quick mid-week meal. There were raves all around the table!

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Thank you for letting me know!

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over 1 year ago Chloe8

Another must try recipe!

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over 1 year ago bclelia

Delicious! Who knew that clams were so perfect for dinner parties. Pretty affordable, little effort to make, fun to eat, and present beautifully. I made this recipe last night and it was a big success. My husband requested that me make this dish more often.

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over 1 year ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

bclelia thanks so much for letting me know!

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almost 2 years ago Inez Dunst

Will try looks great!!

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almost 2 years ago DeirdreMS

Flavors even better the next night - made it into a pasta dish and it was fantastic.

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

That is a wonderful idea, thanks for letting me know!

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almost 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Could I add mussels with clams and simply cook together? I dont eat shellfish but want to make this as part of an entree spread for a casual dinner party.

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Absolutely. Go for it. And good luck with the party!

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almost 2 years ago mrslarkin

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congrats QS!

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Thank you!

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almost 2 years ago viblanco

I made your recipe this weekend and tonight we finished off the leftovers. What do you know, the flavors are even better! Thanks for the contribution; we enjoyed it.

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Wow - had no idea!!! Thanks so much for trying it out and for letting me know.

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almost 2 years ago EmilyC

Congrats QS! This looks and sounds amazing!

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

EmilyC, thank you!

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almost 2 years ago Midge

Congrats QueenSashy. Sounds truly delicious!!

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Thank you!

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almost 2 years ago cheese1227

Love clams and sausage. Interesting mix of both sweet and dry wines.

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almost 2 years ago mrslarkin

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congrats QueenSashy. Love me some clams. Your photos are always so stunning!

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Thanks mrslarkin, the truth is I learned how to take photos way way before I learned to cook :)

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almost 2 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Congrats QueenSashy! Best of luck! Great recipe :)

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Thank you!

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almost 2 years ago gingerroot

Congrats on being a finalist, QueenSashy! I've learned recently that clams steamed in a flavorful broth are one of my favorite things to eat and your version sounds outstanding. I can't wait to enjoy it.

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Thank you very much gingerroot. This is trully my favorite dish. I can never have enough of the broth. I hope you'll enjoy it...

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almost 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Congrats on being a finalist. This looks really wonderful. I love clams, and will be trying this recipe this week!!

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Thank you, and please let me know if you liked it!

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almost 2 years ago fiveandspice

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YAY!!!! I'm so glad this is a finalist! My husband and I tested it, and absolutely LOVED it! In fact, we tested it as dinner on our first wedding anniversary, and it made the perfect celebratory meal. :)

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Oh fiveandspice thank you so much, and I am trully honored that you guys picked my dish! And, Happy Anniversary!!!