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How To: Clam Boil?

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Hi everyone! So I'm planning on doing a clam boil for the 4th, because I ate a really good one a few years back. The cook told me what they did, but I think I'm forgetting some details.

Basically, here's the plan so far: Sausages, potatoes, onions, corn on the cob, garlic, fresh parsley, s&p, white wine, in a big pot. I don't remember what order to layer them though. Or how long it takes.... I'm figuring that when the clams are open and the potatoes are cooked, it'll be done though. Is there anything I'm missing or any other yummy tips you hounds could tell me?

Thanks for any help!

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  1. the potatoes and onions will take the longest, and i'm personally not a fan of boiled sausage. i'd grill or roast that, then add it to the pot. the corn and the clams only need a few minutes.

    1. Technically, you're steaming the clams, and that would make it a "clambake", not like a crab boil, where you're boiling the ingredients, just so you know. ;)

      Agree with hotoynoodle, don't boil the sausages unless they're really good & spicy ones like linguica or chorizo.

      First you start with the potatoes, onions, & garlic, along with your wine, beer or water. Bring to a boil first, then add the parsley, thyme is good too. Simmer briskly until potatoes are just tender, 10-15 mins. Then add the corn and your clams on top. They should be able to sit on top of the liquid so they steam, not immersed, like boiling. Cover and keep cooking untill they open.

      Don't forget to serve some crusty or toasted garlic bread with it to soak up the juices with!