3/4 cup coarse dry bread crumbs (preferably from a crusty loaf of Italian bread)
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons minced drained bottled roasted peppers
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano leaves or 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
24 small hard-shelled clams such as littlenecks, shucked, reserving 24 half shells
Coarse sea or kosher salt for filling baking pan and serving platter.