Growing up along the Eastern seaboard in Rhode Island, seafood is a staple of the state! This is a wonderful recipe that is prepared right on the beach!! A lot of work, but well worth it! You'll have to collect a lot of stones and seaweed for this dish.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
3 hrs 30 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
5 hrs
Servings:
40
Yield:
40 servings
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Ingredients

40
Original recipe yields 40 servings
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Directions

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  • At the beach dig a hole in the sand with the approximate proportions: width = 2 feet, length = 4 feet, depth = 1-1/2 feet. Line the hole with stones from the beach. Build a fire inside of the hole and cover with rocks from the beach. Heat the stones for 2 to 3 hours.

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  • Remove coals and/or embers from the hole. Arrange hot stones evenly across the bottom of the hole. Place fresh 1/2 bushel seaweed (wet) on top of the hot stones.

  • Working quickly layer the food on top of the seaweed, the food should be layered evenly on top of each other in the following order: clams, mussels, fish, sausage, hotdogs (wrapped in cheesecloth), onions, potatoes (white and sweet), corn, and finally lobsters.

  • Cover food with a clean, wet cloth. Place remaining seaweed on top of cloth.

  • Cover entire hole of food with a wet tarpaulin, sealing the steam created by the hot stones and seaweed in. Allow a very small amount of steam to escape to relieve pressure. Let bake cook for 1 or more hours. The bake is completed when the potatoes are soft. Serve bake with melted butter to dip the seafood in and lobster crackers. Don't forget napkins -- you'll need 'em!

Nutrition Facts

999 calories; protein 89.5g; carbohydrates 49.3g; fat 48.2g; cholesterol 293.8mg; sodium 2368mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2004
Because there doesn't seem to be a beach in N.J. that would allow anyone to cook on it we had to take the traditional route and use the stove to steam the food. Of course we cut way back on the portions and timing is everything when you do it this way. Potatoes would have to be cooked first and so on. This is an excellent dish for anytime of the year but an even better one in the summer when you and your friends can just kick back and really enjoy this fabulous feast! Great Star!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2004
Because there doesn't seem to be a beach in N.J. that would allow anyone to cook on it we had to take the traditional route and use the stove to steam the food. Of course we cut way back on the portions and timing is everything when you do it this way. Potatoes would have to be cooked first and so on. This is an excellent dish for anytime of the year but an even better one in the summer when you and your friends can just kick back and really enjoy this fabulous feast! Great Star!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2008
I grew up in Maine but now live in the Midwest. On a trip back to my home state I loaded up a cooler full of the seafood straight out of the fish markets and drove straight back only stopping to refill the ice. The next day I invited a big group of friends out to a lake ( close enough!) and followed these directions. Fantastic! The seaweed I dragged all the way from Maine was novel enough to make the whole excursion! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2007
Loved this loved this! We spent a day on the Oregon coast clamming and crabbing. Pit cooking just brings out all the flavor of the seafood. Instead of lobsters we used dungess crabs and halibut instead of cod. No body likes sweet potatoes so I increased the amount of white potatoes. Fantastic. Just remember to bring lots of napkins and big hefty plates to enjoy this properly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2006
This makes for a great day at the beach! We used less variety (no sweet potatoes or sausage or bratworst or mussels for example) but the flavor of the fresh-cooked meal brings you to heaven's gates! And the aroma is indescribable! Any combination of seafood and roastable vegetables works or even just clams lobsters and corn. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2010
This is one of the best ways to have a Clam Bake and the seaweeds a must. I grew up and live in Rhode Island and look forward to a summer time clam bake every year. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with us. Read More
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