A new twist on an old classic! Gluten free by nature and OMG delicious and beautiful!
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 ounces sliced pancetta or bacon, finely chopped
1 cup finely diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped shallots 2 large gaarlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/3 cup dry white wine
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
18 medium (2 1/2-inch) littleneck clams, shucked, bottom shells reserved
Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and saute until crisp and golden, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transferthe pancetta to a plate. Add the bell pepper, shallots, garlic, and oregano to the same skillet and saute until the shallots are tender and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until it is almost evaporated, about 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and cool completely. Stir the reserved pancetta and 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese into the vegetable mixture. Season the mixture, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Line a heavy large baking sheet with foil. Arrange the clams in the reserved shells on the baking sheet. Spoon the vegetable mixture atop the clams, dividing equally and mounding slightly. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan. Bake until the clams are just cooked through and the topping is golden, about 10 minutes.
Arrange the clams on the platter and serve.
1 tablespoon softened butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large, “fat” soft pretzel sliced in half
1-2 tablespoons mustard (I used Dijon, but use whatever you have)
4 slices Muenster cheese
1 bratwurst, grilled and sliced
about ¼ cup sauerkraut
salt and pepper to taste
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a frying pan over medium low heat. Spread the cut side of each pretzel half with mustard. Place the halves of the soft pretzel in the pan, “crust” side down, then carefully arrange slices of muenster cheese to cover both halves. Cook the pretzels until the cheese is almost melted, but not completely. If the cheese melts all the way while in the pan, it will “drip” through the pretzel openings too much.
Remove the grilled pretzel with cheese from the pan. Place sliced bratwurst on the cheese, then pile on sauerkraut. You probably won’t need any salt because of the bratwurst and the kraut, but add some fresh cracked pepper. Close/cover the sandwich with the other half of the pretzel.