Claim Balls

Serves: 6 to 8

3 (6 1/2-ounce) cans minced clams, drained, reserve liquid

3 stalks celery, minced

1 onion, minced

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

6 hard-boiled eggs, diced

1/2 pound moist bread crumbs

Oil for deep-frying

1. Add enough water to reserved clam liquid to make 2 cups liquid. Place 1 1/2 cups clam liquid, celery, and onion in saucepan; simmer until celery is soft.

2. Add clams, salt, and pepper to celery mixture; simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Add eggs, 1/2 cup clam liquid, and bread crumbs to clam mixture; mix well, then remove from heat. When cool enough to handle, shape clam mixture into small balls; refrigerate until well chilled.

4. Heat oil to 350 degrees in deep skillet or deep-fat fryer. Fry clam balls until golden brown. Drain on paper towels; serve immediately with wooden toothpicks.


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