You will find Clams Casino in just about every restaurant in Rhode Island. Why you say?
According to legend, the recipe for clams casino was originally developed in 1917 in the Little Casino in Narragansett, Rhode Island, by a maître d'hôtel for a woman of means wanting something special for her guests. Good Housekeeping Great American Classics attributes the dish to Mrs. Paran Stevens and maître d'hôtel Julius Keller. She named the dish after the hotel, and word and popularity of the dish has since spread across the United States (From Wikipedia)
Well, we love Clams Casino, but of course have to Mary them up a little with Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix. So here is our version of the classic "clams on the half shell" recipe kicked up a notch.
Smokin' Mary Clams Casino
Split open the clams over a bowl, being careful to save as much of the juice as possible. Remove the clam meat. Cut the clam meat in half. Return half of clam meat to each shell.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter. add onions and green pepper. Cook until tender. Add the reserved clam juice, Smokin’ Mary mix, parsley and bread crumbs. Mix well and set aside.
Place a teaspoon of the stuffing on top of the raw clam in each half shell. Top with bacon. Set the clam shells on a bed of rock satin a large shallow baking pan. Place pan in the middle of oven. Broil for 10 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.
Honestly, there is no time like the present to enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich. It is the go-to food that just about anyone can enjoy (unless you are lactose or gluten intolerant, sorry). Hundreds of variations and a global presence, Smokin' Mary wanted to get in on the action and create a twist on this 24-hour-a day-treat.
You need to have some Smokin' Mary Candied Bacon on hand. If you don't, you can find the recipe HERE. And, If you are going to whip up a batch of bacon, dare we say add a Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary as the perfect liquid tasty beverage for your grilled cheese!
Smokin' Delicious Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Butter the bread on both sides, grill in pan or in a Panini maker. Place cheese, apple and bacon on bread and melt together as a sandwich.
One of my favorite treats when I was a kid was chocolate covered Pringles. Believe it or not, a chocolate shop in my hometown would make these sweet and salty delicacies and I couldn't get enough of them. We all know Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix makes the perfect Bloody Mary for every occasion, but what happens when our sweet tooth gets the best of us? Well, worry no more. Just whip up some of this candied bacon and add it as the perfect garnish to your already perfect cocktail.
Candied Bacon Garnish
Place strips of bacon on baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easier cleaning.
Liberally sprinkle the top side of the bacon with white sugar.
*optional - sprinkle bacon with cayenne pepper
Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Be careful to watch the bacon, some bacon may cook faster and burn. You will know when it is done when it looks crispy and the sugar is bubbling and caramelized on the strips.
Remove from oven and place on a plate or piece of parchment paper to cool and harden before adding as a garnish to your cocktail.
Mary has many personalities. She's a spicy gal who mixes well with just about anyone. So bring her into your kitchen and enjoy her special twist on your favorite culinary delights!