The New England Clam Boil
My son Fisher will be a senior in high school this fall. This means he needs to make some decisions on what he will study in college (he abhors making decisions). He has a moderate interest in cooking. He has been learning to cook in school and seems to enjoy it. I have been in the restaurant industry for most of my life. I’ve been to culinary school. I’ve owned, managed, cooked, served, and cleaned up… It can be a tough and demanding career choice.
This summer I’ve decided to have him learn to cook something new every day (or as often as is possible). I’ve dubbed this Fisher Cooking Camp. Here is my plan, by the end of the summer he will either decide he loves to cook and may want to pursue this further or I will have beaten it out of him.
…..and maybe my readers will collect some recipes in the process.
Serves 6 or in our case 4 hungry people
- 4 lbs fresh steamer clams
- 12 small potatoes, washed
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 lbs chouriço sausage -Portuguese chouriço is made with pork, fat, wine, paprika and salt. It is then stuffed into natural or artificial casings and slowly dried over smoke )
- 2 (12 ounce) bottles beer
- salt and pepper
- red pepper flakes (optional)
- melted butter, for dipping
- corn on the cob
Wash clams. You may also be able to buy them already cleaned. Cut the chouriço into 8- 10 pieces
In a large pot add the potatoes first, then the onion and chouriço.
Add the 2 bottles of beer and then enough water to cover the chouriço. Add a generous bit of salt and pepper and then a pinch of pepper flakes if you want some extra heat. Cover and bring the pot to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are almost tender.
Add corn and then clams continue to boil for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the clams have popped open.
Serve with a small bowl of melted butter and another small bowl of the broth for dipping. Eat by pulling the seafood out of the shell- pull off the black skin off the neck of steamers, then dip into the broth to rinse any extra sand and then into the butter. Yum!Serve with crust bread and napkins -it can be messy!