South Jersey-style Clams Casino

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Appetizer Recipes by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, public domain government resource—original source of recipe



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Scrub clams under cold running water until clean.
  3. Steam the clams in a large pot until they open. Remove one shell from each clam.
  4. Place the clams on the half shell on a baking sheet; dab each clam with half a teaspoon of butter.
  5. In a large skillet, fry together the diced bell pepper and the bacon until well done. Drain on paper towels to remove grease, crumble the bacon and place some bacon and pepper on each clam. Cover with the shredded cheese.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 3 – 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted.