Clam Pan Roast with Sausage and Fennel

This is a hearty clam stew with two kinds of sausage and red potatoes.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1996


  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1/4 pound kielbasa, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 12 small red potatoes, cut in half
  • 3 small bulbs fennel (about 3 pounds), trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 1 small leek, cut into 1/4-inch rounds, washed
  • 1/4 cup Pernod, or other anise liqueur
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted clam juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into 8 wedges each
  • 1/4 cup fresh tarrragon leaves, coarsely chopped


  1. In casserole over medium heat, cook garlic and sausage, breaking up meat, about 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Drain all but 1 tablespoon fat; cook kielbasa until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Add to bowl.

  2. Arrange potatoes in pan, cut side down; cook until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn; cook about 5 more minutes, until just tender. Spread fennel among potatoes. Cook about 10 more minutes, stirring often.

  3. Add leek, Pernod, clam juice, salt, and pepper; cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Return sausages to pan; mix to combine. Add clams, cover, and cook about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook, covered, until clams open, about 8 minutes; discard unopened clams. Stir in tarragon, and serve.


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