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Pork and Clams

Posted in: Dinner, Mediterranean , Anniversary, Pork, Seafood,


Newport Food and Wine Festival is one of the most renowned food and wine festivals in the country. Every year, it gathers over 100 wineries from around the country and people are allowed to taste and see what is offered. Emeril Lagasse, best known for his TV show, Emeril Live, made an appearance at 2012's festival and shared a few of his favorite New England recipes.

A staple dish in Portuguese tradition, Pork and Clams is a hearty take on the usual surf 'n turf. Originating in the Algarve region, found in the south of Portugal, this meal is traditionally prepared in a copper pan called a "cataplana." These pans generally aren't readily available in the United States and as an alternative, Emeril suggests using a deep skillet with a tight light.

This dish is both unique and timeless. To ensure an authentic and lasting, memorable dining experience, Emeril stresses the importance of using only the freshest of ingredients for this dish. When it comes time to serve Emeril suggests, "There's a few different ways that you can serve this. Sometimes we will serve this were we will just have this with a nice crustini or you can serve this on the side."

Can serve up to 9.


Pork and Clams

6 large Garlic cloves, smashed
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Sweet Paprika
2 1/2 teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper
Sea salt
3/4 cup Pure Olive Oil
2 pounds Boneless Pork Loin, cut into 1/2-inch dice
3/4 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
2 cups Dry White Wine
3 pounds Manila Clams or Cockles, scrubbed and rinsed
1/4 cup Parsley, chopped


1. Combine garlic, salt, pepper flakes, paprika, and 1/2 cup oil to food processor, and blend until well mixed.
2. In a glass mixing bowl, toss the meat with the pureed mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator, marinate at least 1 hour. Keep in mind, the longer, the better. Overnight is always preferred with marinades.
3. Add the remainder of your olive oil, as well as the onions to a large skillet. Season with salt, and let simmer for 2 minutes.
4. Add the pork and saute for 4 minutes.
5. Add the wine and bring to a simmer.
6. Add the clams, and season with salt. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, turning the pan over occasionally.
7. Remove from the heat and leave covered for 5 minutes. Remove any clams that do not open.
8. Garnish with parsley. Serve in individual serving bowls with crusty bread.

Note: Clams are done cooking 15-20 seconds after the shell opens. Keep a close eye on them and try to avoid letting them sit longer so they do not turn chewy.

About The Cook

Emeril LagasseUsing catch phrases like "Bam!" and "Kick it up a notch!" Lagasse showcased his personal cooking style and flair for the dramatic in his next TV project, Emeril Live! Featuring a l

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