Steamed Clams and Corn
Cutting plump ears of corn into "coins" and steaming them with clams and spicy green chile pepper yields a broth with a one-two punch of flavor. The liquid begs to be sopped up with crusty bread and washed down with white wine.
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 sliced shallot
- 1 sliced jalapeno chile
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 12 small littleneck clams (scrubbed well)
- 2 ears of corn (husked and sliced into 1/2-inch “coins”)
- Fresh cilantro, for garnish
- Heat olive oil in a large pot. Cook sliced shallot and sliced jalapeno until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in dry white wine. Bring to a simmer. Add clams and corn. Cook, covered, until clams open, 5 to 7 minutes; discard any unopened clams. Divide mixture between 2 bowls. Garnish with fresh cilantro.
Photo by Hans Gissinger