Clams Casino

Serves: 6

2 dozen cherrystone clams

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper

2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

1 cup bread crumbs

4 slices cooked, crisp bacon, crumbled

1/2 teaspoon oregano

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup very finely chopped parsley

Paprika to taste

Olive oil to taste

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. Wash and scrub clams well; discard any that are open. Place on baking sheet and bake until shells open; discard any clams that have not opened. Remove meat from shell and chop. Reserve chopped clams and discard half the shells.

3. Heat oil and butter together in small skillet. Add onion, green pepper, and garlic; saute until soft. Remove from heat and cool.

4. Add bread crumbs, bacon, oregano. Parmesan cheese, and reserved clams to onion mixture; mix well.

5. Fill reserved clam shells with clam mixture. Sprinkle with parsley and paprika; drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and serve hot.

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