NATIONAL CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL DAY
National Clams on the Half Shell Day on March 31st offers clam lovers a day to celebrate one of the world’s most unique dishes.
The best variety of hardshell clams (also called Quahogs) for serving on the half-shell is the topneck, but you will find recipes using littlenecks and cherrystone as well. The topnecks run about two inches across, and the meaty clam is enough for a bite-sized morsel of Atlantic saltwater goodness.
Clams on the half shell can be raw, steamed, grilled or even smoked.
One popular “on the half shell” recipe originated in Rhode Island. Often served as an appetizer, Clams Casino is a dish with toasted breadcrumbs and bacon. Legend has it the recipe for Clam Casino dates back to 1917 and the Little Casino in Narragansett, Rhode Island. According to Good Housekeeping Great American Classics, maître d’hôtel Julius Keller and Mrs. Paran Stevens developed clams casino for her guests, as she wanted to serve up something special and named it after the hotel. The dish soon became so successful, word spread, and it began appearing on menus across the nation.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ClamsOnTheHalfShellDay
Get steaming or grilling, depending on your preferences. Clam lovers dig in and show the rest of the crowd what they’ve been missing! Demonstrate the best way to enjoy them, the flavors and side dishes, too. Use #ClamsOnTheHalfShellDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this shellfish celebration.
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