• 8 Ratings

In Rhode Island, baked stuffed clams are called "stuffies." This recipe is extra-savory, thanks to the addition of the Portuguese smoke-cured pork sausage linguica, which is flavored with garlic and paprika. It is very popular in Rhode Island and other New England states, long home to Portuguese communities.



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  • Fill a large pot with 2 inches of water, and bring to a boil. Add clams, cover, and cook just until they open, about 6 minutes (start checking after 5 minutes and discard any clams that have not opened after 7 minutes). Remove clams, and pour broth through a fine sieve into a bowl; reserve 1/2 cup. Remove clams from shells, reserving shells, and roughly chop clams. Transfer clams to a large bowl.

  • Separate clam shells, and remove muscles. Wash and reserve 24 shells.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop or pulse sausage in a food processor until chunky. Melt butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add onion, celery, and corn, and cook until edges start to brown, about 6 minutes. Add sausage and cayenne, and saute until warmed through, about 1 minute. Add mixture to clams. Stir in reserved clam broth, the lemon zest, and breadcrumbs until just incorporated.

  • Place shells on a rimmed baking sheet, and divide mixture among shells (do not pack). Cover with parchment-lined foil, and bake until hot throughout, about 30 minutes. Remove foil, and turn oven to broil. Broil clams on middle rack until crisp and browned on top, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges for spritzing.


8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
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  • 1 star values: 1