This is like baked stuffed clams without the shells - my mom used to make something like this growing up and I loved it. Serve with a little pasta with butter garlic on the side or like I used have as a kid, with french fries to dip!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate, reserving about 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease in the skillet. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

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  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a casserole or pie dish with butter.

  • Heat the reserved bacon grease and olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with oregano, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and bay leaves. Stir in the garlic, and cook until the garlic has softened, about 5 minutes more. Add the clams and the crumbled bacon; cook and stir until the clams are warmed through, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour in about 3/4 of the reserved clam juice, lemon juice, and hot pepper sauce. Increase heat to medium-high, and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Slowly stir in the bread crumbs until the mixture resembles coarse oatmeal. If it becomes dry, add some of the remaining reserved clam juice. Stir in half of the Parmesan cheese, then pour the clam mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese on top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C), and continue baking until the edges are crisp, 5 to 10 minutes. Allow casserole to cool for at least 15 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges and parsley sprinkled on top.

Cook's Note

You can also use this recipe to make baked clams in shells (real ones or foil ones) to serve as appetizers – or topped with a little melted Monterrey Jack cheese for “Clams Casino."

Nutrition Facts

623 calories; protein 59.1g 118% DV; carbohydrates 36.6g 12% DV; fat 25.5g 39% DV; cholesterol 142.4mg 48% DV; sodium 1735.5mg 69% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2011
THIS IS MY RECIPE PLEASE READ: Hi all - I'm realizing from reviews that the instructions don't say what to do with the bacon and as a reviewer pointed out THE SALT AMOUNT IS TOO HIGH!! I don't know if that was not included in my original posting or if something was lost in translation when the recipe was kitchen approved. Sorry!! You should add the crumbled bacon when you add the clams. As for the salt if should be a DASH OR TWO TO TASTE (you can taste the mixture before baking it and adjust) - NOT 2 TSP FOR THIS AMOUNT! SORRY! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/18/2011
I was hoping this was going to be wonderful but I was disappointed. The end result was entirely too salty! I had to check to see if I followed the recipe correctly. And I'm a person who enjoys salt! Im glad that I tried it but I wont be making it again. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2011
THIS IS MY RECIPE PLEASE READ: Hi all - I'm realizing from reviews that the instructions don't say what to do with the bacon and as a reviewer pointed out THE SALT AMOUNT IS TOO HIGH!! I don't know if that was not included in my original posting or if something was lost in translation when the recipe was kitchen approved. Sorry!! You should add the crumbled bacon when you add the clams. As for the salt if should be a DASH OR TWO TO TASTE (you can taste the mixture before baking it and adjust) - NOT 2 TSP FOR THIS AMOUNT! SORRY! Read More
(35)
Rating: 2 stars
01/18/2011
I was hoping this was going to be wonderful but I was disappointed. The end result was entirely too salty! I had to check to see if I followed the recipe correctly. And I'm a person who enjoys salt! Im glad that I tried it but I wont be making it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2010
This was good but should cut back on the oregano...little overpowering Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2010
I made this tonight for dinner and followed the recipe exactly as written..so exact that after I put it in the oven I realized it never told me when to put the bacon that you fry and set aside in!! LOL Had a great flavor and I will make again Read More
(3)
Rating: 2 stars
03/30/2011
thanks for the clarification on the bacon but i figured out when to ad. this seemed to take a lot of work and i didn't think it had much taste to it. no one flavor stood out even the clams. maybe as an appetizer w/ crackers or veggies? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2010
I saw the photo and happened to have all ingredients except fresh garlic. I increased the garlic powder and otherwise followed the recipe as written. I also used panko bread crumbs. Delicious dip for Sunday football! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/26/2011
This was OK. Didn't need any salt as far as I was concerned. I agree that this would make a good appetizer with some crackers. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2015
I have to say I thought this recipe had a GREAT flavor and I will definitely make it again. However for me the recipe needed quite a bit of tweaking. First this is called a casserole..this would not be what I would consider a casserole...like many other reviewers mentioned it really is a dip (a good one!). Also there was no mention of what size casserole dish to use (I would use an 8x8 dish or maybe a pie plate). When I read the reviews there was mention of the dish being too salty. With clam juice bacon and parmesan as ingredients of course it was going to be on the salty side...I omitted the 2 teaspoons of salt and glad I did...it was plenty salty enough without it! (not too salty). Also after you add the clams and crumbled bacon don't forget to remove the bay leaves. I will make this again but as a dip with Ritz crackers or in clam shells or over linguini with some olvie oil. Read More
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