This brothy, aromatic seafood dish from chef Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, North Carolina, weaves steamed clams with traditional New Orleans creamed oysters. It’s hearty but not heavy, and the winter greens make it a full meal. Crusty bread is a must for sopping up the coveted broth.
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4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 small leeks, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced (2 cups)
4 cups chopped mustard or turnip greens
4 thyme sprigs
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 cup dry vermouth
2 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed
2 dozen oysters, freshly shucked, with their liquor
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 dashes of hot sauce
Crusty bread, for serving
How to Make It
In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the leeks, season with salt and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 8 minutes. Add the mustard greens, thyme, garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until the greens are wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the vermouth and clams and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over moderate heat until the clams open, 5 to 10 minutes; transfer the clams to a bowl as they open, discarding any that do not. Add the oysters and their liquor, the cream, parsley, lemon juice, hot sauce and remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and cook just until the oysters start to curl around the edges, 1 to 2 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs. Stir in the clams and any juices; serve immediately with crusty bread.
Crisp Chablis: 2015 Drouhin Vaudon.
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