Baked clams do not have to be difficult to make. If you have a Cosco or Sam's in the area, you may find large cans of chopped clams. They are perfect for this recipe and many other recipes like pasta with clam sauce or clam chowder (recipe coming up next week).
I save the clam shells. After each use, I was them as though I were washing dishes and then freeze them when they are thoroughly dry. They are so easy, I can whip up a batch for appetizer any time!
1 dozen large clams (chopped in food processor) - Save shells
1 cup seasoned bread crumb
2 stems & leaves of parsley, chopped
1 tsp. oregano
1 tbs. grated cheese
pepper to taste
½ cup olive oil
1/2 cup clam juice (add as needed for taste and texture).
¼ cup of lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a bowl beginning with chopped clams and then proceed to breadcrumbs and remainder of ingredients (should be moist but not saturated with liquid), and place one tablespoon, loosely, on each clean clam shell. Spray cookie sheet with olive oil and bake in 375º preheated oven for six minutes. Adjust oven to broil and leave at broil till golden on top (keep an eye on this). Serve hot with lemon wedges.