You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Seasonal Recipe

Recipe for steamed clams with chorizo and creamy polenta

Karoline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe

Serves 4

Littleneck clams will soak up flavorful broths and add depth to a dish. Here they are steamed with spicy chorizo and a good dose of white wine to create a lively surf and turf, more comforting on a ladleful of creamy polenta.


cups chicken stock
cups heavy cream
¼teaspoon freshly grated
Salt and black pepper,
to taste
cup of polenta or medium-coarse ground yellow
½cup grated Parmesan

Continue reading below

1. In a heavy-based saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the stock, cream, nutmeg, and a generous pinch each of salt and black pepper to a simmer.

2. Whisking vigorously, add the polenta in a thin steady stream. Continue whisking for 8 minutes. If the polenta bubbles up, reduce the heat to medium-low.

3. When the polenta is soft and porridge-like, remove from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan, taste for seasoning, and add more salt and black pepper, if you like.

Continue reading it below


2tablespoons olive oil
½pound chorizo,
casing removed, sausage halved and sliced
2cloves garlic, finely chopped
1bay leaf
¼teaspoon crushed
red pepper
1cup dry white wine
Juice of 1 lemon (save the rinds)
Salt and black pepper,
to taste
2dozen littleneck clams (about 1½ pounds), rinsed
¼cup chopped fresh parsley

1. In a large flameproof casserole over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the chorizo and cook, stirring often, for 6 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, and red pepper. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

2. Stir in the wine, lemon juice,
lemon rinds, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring, to scrape any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the clams, ladle the sauce over them, and cover the pan. Steam for 12 minutes or until they open. Discard any clams that do not open. Sprinkle with parsley and spoon the mixture over polenta.

Jillian Bernardini

Loading comments...

Wake up with today's top stories.

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of