Want something different to cook on the grill? This is a summer favorite, and it’s so easy to do! Clams cooked straight on the grill, then tossed in a rich tomatoey sauce spiked with some white wine and crumbled Italian fennel sausage! This would be perfect for Memorial Day, Father’s Day or whatever day you want! Just have some hot crusty garlic bread ready to eat along side this, and you’ll give yourself and your guests a very memorable meal!
Come to your table with a big platter of this and you’ll be sure to hear lots of Oooh’s and Aaah’s!
Your tomato sauce can be made ahead of time and heated up while the clams are cooking on the grill.
Cook your cleaned and scrubbed fresh clams on medium heat, just until all the shells open up.
The sauce is simply made by removing your favorite Italian sausage from it’s casing, it could be either hot or mild, whatever you like. Brown it up, then add lots of coarsely chopped garlic, a good splash of wine, some clam juice and a couple cans of good quality tomatoes that have been drained and chopped up, along with some fresh basil, simmer till done. Of course depending on how many clams you have, adjust accordingly, I had five pounds. When finished, transfer your clams to a platter or a deep pan and spoon and toss the sauce all over and add some fresh chopped parsley.
Now do you see why you need that crusty garlic bread? You have to sop up those juices!
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