Justin Warner’s Clams Casino Mazeman, as seen on Guy's Ranch Kitchen Season 5.
Recipe courtesy of Justin Warner

Clams Casino Mazemen

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Clams Casino is a dish of simple luxury. Clams are the unsung heroes of shellfish, and I'm hoping that this recipe gets you to understand that. By combining this dish with simple instant ramen noodles, another of my favorite comfort foods, you get a dish that is greater than the sum of its parts. I hope you agree.



  1. In a large saucepan, add the bacon and cook over medium-high heat until the bacon begins to brown, a couple of minutes. Add the garlic, shallots and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots have softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Use a slotted spoon to transfer half of the bacon mixture to a medium bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and Parmesan to this same bowl. Stir to combine and set aside to use as topping later.
  3. Add the stock and wine to the saute pan with the remaining bacon mixture to deglaze, scraping up any cooked bits stuck to the bottom. Add the clams, then cover and cook until the clams begin to open, about 10 minutes. Push the clams to one side and add the ramen noodles, then cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3 minutes.
  4. Turn the broiler on.
  5. Pour the saucepan components into a 14-inch cast-iron pan and sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top. Broil until the breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Serve sprinkled with basil and red pepper flakes, if desired.