Baked clams: fish for Christmas!


Christmas, Christmas… coming closer! Getting ready for having some friends over? If you want to make your Christmas eve dinner more Italian, read some of our tips on Christmas traditions in Italy! Among this traditions, the fact that Italians prefer to avoid meat on Christmas eve and therefore have developed a large variety of fish dishes, some of which are really easy and quick, like the one I will propose you here: baked neck clams!  You’ll have the opportunity to taste some of these appetizers including fried fish during our Milan Food Tour


As you know, in Italy appetizers are important as much as main dishes! This easy recipe is accessible to everyone, it is tasty and even good-looking! What else?


  • 25 little Neck clams

  • 1 cup  bread crumbs

  • grated parmesan cheese

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • fresh parsley

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • salt & pepper

neck clams

Wash the clams under fresh water, shuck them and leaving the fruit on the half shell.

In a bowl, add the chopped garlic, parsley, olive oil, breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese and mix well until the oil is fully absorbed by the bread crumbs. Add salt and pepper to taste. Put all the open clams on a baking sheet and with the help of a teaspoon put the breadcrumbs in each clam until the clam is completely covered. Bake at 180 c° (500F) for 5-7 minutes, then put under the broiler for 1 minute to brown.

baked clums

Serve hot if possible and together with some fresh rucola and lemon!

Only thing that you need to add now is a good white wine or prosecco if your guests fancy some bubbles to start with!

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