Clam Bake Stoup

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 pound kielbasa, diced
  • 4 cups (half a 32-ounce bag) frozen diced hash browns
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 to 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 rounded tablespoon seafood seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
  • 4 large ears corn on the cob or 3 cups frozen kernels
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 4 dozen littleneck clams
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • Handful fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 4 jumbo sourdough English muffins, split
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
Directions
  • Heat a large soup pot with extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the kielbasa and brown for 2 minutes; add the potatoes, onions, celery, bay, thyme, and salt and pepper and let the veggies soften up 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Pat shrimp dry and toss with a rounded tablespoon (a generous palmful) of seafood seasoning.

  • Invert a small bowl and place at the bottom of a larger bowl. Shuck corn and stand on end on the small bowl. Scrape off kernels. Add corn to soup pot.

  • Add the tomatoes and stock to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and clams and replace the cover. Cook until shrimp are pink and firm and the clams have opened up, 5 to 6 minutes. Finish stoup with hot sauce, lemon zest and juice and a handful of parsley.

  • While the seafood cooks, toast the English muffins. Soften the butter in the microwave. Mash the garlic cloves with a little salt and make a paste. Add the chives and garlic paste to the softened butter and mix. Rub hot toasted muffins with garlic/butter mixture and chop into large dice.

  • Serve stoup in shallow bowls with muffin croutons. Place an extra bowl at each setting to collect shells as you eat your Clam Bake Stoup.


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