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southshoresuzy May 14, 2005 06:36 PM

I just bought 5 pounds of littleneck clams at Costco. Any suggestions for cooking them I usually buy steamers. Can I just steam littlenecks or will they be too tough? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Candy May 14, 2005 06:51 PM

    If they are true little necks and are small and tender they steam beautifully. 5 lbs! lucky you. Around here they sell for something like .69 each.

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      southshoresuzy May 14, 2005 06:54 PM

      five punds for $12.00. I thought it was a great deal!

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      coll May 15, 2005 06:57 AM

      They're great on the BBQ also, just put them on the grill until they open.

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        eurojac May 15, 2005 11:30 AM

        steamed is the way to go. I eat them raw if they are real little necks but they are not easy to open. wash your clams under cold running water. take a large sauce pan and sauté a small chopped onion, celery and garlic in a bit of butter and some olive oil. add a pinch of salt and a pinch of chilly pepper flakes. ones the mixture looks transparent add a couple of diced tomatoes and a cup of dry white wine and add your clams. stir the clams through the broth with a large spoon an put a lit on the pan. let steam for a minute and stir again. follow this method until all the clams are open. lay all the open clams on a platter and season the broth with salt to taste. serve with French banquette and melted butter for dipping the clams. you will have a meal there that in any good seafood restaurant would set you back 10$ for 1/2 dozen clams. good luck, eurojac from The Hague

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