Italian razors and sausage

English: Steamed razor clam

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Ok, this is a man thing…meat and more meat. Bit of surf and turf, sausage and razor clams, what could be better? Ok…I suppose you can take and add bacon to it….yes I suppose you can sprinkle a little pecorino into the sauce…or use a regular beer instead of wine…This is just the way I love my razors and sausage. I make a lot of it cause it usually ends up on the easter/4th of july table. For normal none family events, you can cut this by a 10th if you’d like, though I’d drop it down a 5th, and live off the rest.


30 tablespoons olive oil
40 ounces italian sausage sweet, 1/4 inch slices
40 ounces italian sausage hot, 1/4 inch slices
40 slices of prociutto cut into into 1/4-inch cubes I use rougly 4-5 pounds.
20 medium vadalia onions or any other sweet onions, cut lengthwise in half and sliced into thin half-moons
10 bay leaf
40 garlic cloves, minced
10 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, preferably San Marzano, drained and chopped
2 1/2 cup dry italian white wine
5 teaspoon sweet paprika
40 pounds razor clams scrubbed
Freshly ground black pepper
30 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
3 cups italian bread crumbs
extra olive oil for drizzling
2 bulbs fennel diced thinly
pepperocino or crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
Parmigan cheese

Heat the oil in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Dump in the sausages and prosciutto and cook, stirring occasionally, until touched with brown, 6 to 8 minutes.

Lower the heat to medium; drop in the onions, fennel and bay leafs, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute maybe more. Stir in the tomatoes and any accumulated juice, the wine, and paprika. Discard any clams that feel heavy (which means they’re full of sand), or don’t close when tapped. Place the clams into the pot and turn the heat to high,cook, covered, stirring occasionally until the clams pop open, 10 to 12 minutes.

Bring the heavy pot to the table (a work out), take off the lid. Discard the bay leaf and toss out any clams that refuse to pop open. Season with a few grinds of pepper, bread crumbs Parmigan, shower with parsley, and ladle into wide shallow bowls, a metal trash can for shells, and allow people to sprinkle on pepperocino to adjust spicyness to desired heat, and drizzle with olive oil as they wish!

mmm magnificent, absolutely wonderful. Don’t forget plenty of bread to sop up the juices!

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