Pork & Clams

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Pork and clams is a simple, classic dish from south Portugal.  It comes in many regional forms, but this is the way I make it at home.  It's ridiculously easy, and takes modification well.
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Step 1: Tools and Ingredients

2 pounds pork (a fatty cut like belly or shoulder
2 pounds clams
2 Tablespoons Butter or lard
2 large onions
Handful peeled garlic (I use ~6 cloves, YMMV)
~8 medium button mushrooms
3 medium tomatoes
2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
Salt & pepper to taste
handful parsley, chopped fine
1/2 cup Sherry or red wine

Large pot with lid
Wooden spoon or similar for pot stirring
Cutting Board
Microplane grater

Step 2: Chop and saute onions

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Coarsely chop onions, and saute in ~2 Tsablespoons lard or butter.  Sprinkle with salt to speed the cooking process, and stir as needed.

Step 3: Add pork

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Chop the pork into cubes, roughly 1/2" - 1" on a side.  The smaller your clams, the smaller you'll want to chop your pork to ensure balance.  

Once the onions have softened, add pork and stir.

Step 4: Add mushrooms & paprika

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Coarsely chop mushrooms, and add to the pork/onion mixture.  Stir.

Add smoked paprika, and stir some more.  Cook until the pork is cooked through.

This is a good time to wash your clams, and chop everything else you'll need for the dish.

Step 5: Add everything else but the clams

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Once the meat is cooked through, add everything else but the clams. 

This includes:
3 chopped tomatoes
6 cloves of garlic, grated
handful of parsley, chopped
1/2 cup sherry or red wine 

Stir, and simmer for about 5 minutes so the juices mingle.  If it's especially soupy, you may want to simmer longer to reduce the liquid to a more manageable level.

Now is also the time to taste, and adjust seasonings.  Add more paprika for smokiness, or more salt, pepper, or garlic depending on what kind of kick you think this needs.  Simmer for another minute or two to let the spices mingle again, then taste and repeat.
crogshockey4 months ago

Great! I hope you like it - tell me how it worked out.

Thanks for posting - looks delicious - I must try this :)
Great! I hope you like it - tell me how it worked out.
bajablue2 years ago
We dig a lot of clams here, so I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. It looks delicious!
canida (author)  bajablue2 years ago
Awesome! Tell me how it goes, and how you modded it.