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from "Louis Osteen's Charleston Cuisine" by Louis Osteen

In our relatively warm Southern waters, we do not have the soft-shell clams found along Northern coastlines, but this quick and easy dish will rival any found north of the Mason-Dixon line. (And it works just as well with Northern clams.)

Serves 4

1/4 pound plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 tablespoons very finely minced garlic
2 cups finely sliced scallions, white and green parts
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup dry white vermouth
3 pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed and dried
1 cup roughly chopped fresh Italian parsley
A heavy-bottomed pan large enough to hold all of the clams

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1.Put 1/4 pound of the butter in the pan and heat over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the garlic, scallions, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, being careful not to let the garlic burn.
2.Add the vermouth, raise the heat to high, and cover the pan. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil and add the clams. Cover and continue to cook at a rapid boil, stirring occasionally. When the clams begin to open, which can be in as little time as 1 minute, remove the open ones as quickly as possible in order not to overcook them. (All of the clams should be cooked in no longer than 7 to 8 minutes.) Reserve the pan juices, including the garlic, scallions, and red pepper flakes.
3.Divide the clams equally among 4 bowls or place on a large platter. Add the parsley and remaining tablespoon of butter to the pan juices. Stir well to combine. Spoon the mixture over the clams. Serve immediately.

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