The genesis of this recipe started with an opened bottle of flat Prosecco - that and a burning desire to make steamers that are dredged up just off the coast of this Cape town. Buy fresh clams only - and enjoy the easy, messy, but extremely satisfying experience of paper toweling down after indulging. If you visit a bar on the Cape, these will be on the menu. —Bevi
Place the fresh clams in a bowl of cold water, to cover the clams completely, for at least an hour to force out sand. Rinse, and place in a large Dutch oven.
Add all the rest of the ingredients and cover with a tightly fitting lid. Turn heat on to medium high, and steam for 15 minutes. Drain the broth into cups or a medium sized bowl. Dip the clam meat into the broth to wash off any excess debris, and serve with melted butter if desired. I find the broth to be rich and generally don't use additional butter, unless I am feeling highly decadent!