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Grilled Pizzas with Clams

A clam pizza with corn and pancetta is unexpected and delicious.

  • Yield: Makes 6 nine-inch pizzas

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2004


  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 2 1/2 pounds littleneck clams (about 2 dozen), scrubbed well
  • 5 ounces pancetta, coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears)
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Pizza Dough for Grilled Pizzas
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (4 ounces), plus more for sprinkling


  1. Bring wine just to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add clams, and cover pan. Cook, shaking pan occasionally, until clams open (check pan frequently after 8 minutes). As they open, transfer clams with a slotted spoon to a large bowl (discard any that remain closed after 10 minutes). When clams are cool enough to handle, remove from shells and coarsely chop; set aside.

  2. Cook pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Add garlic to skillet, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add corn kernels, and cook until tender and bright yellow, about 2 minutes.

  3. Transfer corn to a large bowl. Stir in clams, pancetta, oregano, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.

  4. Heat a grill until medium-hot. Generously brush one side of pizza dough with oil; grill, oiled side down, until underside is golden brown and top begins to bubble, 3 to 5 minutes. Quickly brush top with oil; flip crust. Top with some of the cheese and some of the clam mixture. Grill until cheese is just melted, topping is hot, and crust is cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes more.

  5. Slide pizza with a large spatula onto a cutting board. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with more cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat to make more pizzas.

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