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Littleneck clams are blended with breadcrumbs, jalapeño, celery, arugula, and linguiça­—a Portuguese smoke-cured pork sausage—before they are stuffed back into their shells and baked until piping hot and lightly browned. Portuguese rolls are light and airy with a crisp crust, making them ideal for this stuffing: the crumb readily absorbs flavor. Save time by stuffing the clams in advance and then refrigerating them overnight. Bring the stuffed clams to room temperature before baking.


Credit: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins
45 mins
4 to 6 servings


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine wine and clam juice in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over high. Add clams; cover and cook until clams begin to open, 5 to 7 minutes. Uncover; using tongs, transfer clams to a large rimmed baking sheet. Let cool 5 minutes. Discard any clams that did not open. Pour cooking liquid through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a heatproof bowl.

  • Working over reserved cooking liquid to catch the juices, remove and discard top shells from clams. Remove clams from bottom shells. Transfer clams to a cutting board, and finely chop. Set aside. Set reserved cooking liquid aside. Wipe baking sheet clean. Arrange bottom shells on cleaned baking sheet. Set aside.

  • Place bread chunks in a food processor; pulse until coarse breadcrumbs form, 7 to 9 pulses. Transfer breadcrumbs to a large bowl. Add linguiça to food processor; pulse until very finely chopped, 5 to 6 pulses. Set aside.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium. Add onion, celery, and jalapeño; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are just softened, about 5 minutes. Add chopped linguiça; cook, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in chopped clams, arugula, and 1/2 cup reserved clam cooking liquid; discard remaining cooking liquid. Remove from heat. Add linguiça mixture, salt, and black pepper to breadcrumbs in bowl; stir well to combine.

  • Lightly pack linguiça stuffing evenly into bottom clam shells on baking sheet; cover with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated oven until hot, about 20 minutes. Remove foil; continue baking until tops are very lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Serve stuffed clams alongside lemon wedges.

Make Ahead

Clam shells can be stuffed with filling and refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before baking.

Suggested Pairing

Tart, minerally Vinho Verde: Anselmo Mendes Pássaros Alvarinho