Beans and Clams (Alubias con Almejas)
I like to soak the fresh clams for a couple of hours in cold salted water before preparing them. Because then the clams kind of wake up again, sensing the salted water they get the idea that they are back in their usual habitat and they will start acting accordingly. So any sand that is still trapped in the shells the clams will spit out. When you drain the clams, you will find a fine layer of sand in the bowl. If you haven’t got the time to do all this, you can use the clams right away of course.
Love cooking with clams? Then try out a Portuguese classic of pork and clambs or porco a alentejana!
Love fresh clams? Then you'll adore these beans and clams with white wine... A delicious combo!
- 16 fresh clams
- 10,5 oz canned white beans (300 g)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 medium garlic clove chopped
- 2 tbsp onion chopped
- 1 glass dry white wine
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Put the clams in a bowl and discard any broken ones. Add cold tap water until they are fully submerged. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of salt and let the clams soak for at least 2 to 3 hours at room temperature to give them time to purge any sand that is still inside.
After that drain the clams and rinse them well again. Pour the canned beans in a colander or sieve and rinse them gently. Let them drain.
Put them aside until needed later. Add the chopped onion and garlic, rosemary sprig, bay leaves and olive oil to a large non-stick pan.
Place this over medium heat and gently fry the onion and garlic for 4 minutes. Then add the drained white beans.
- Stir and cook the beans for 4 minutes. Then pour in the white wine.
- Let the wine reduce by half. Stir and season with a pinch of pepper and salt.
Then also add the clams.
- Stir gently and put a lid on the pan. Cook the clams and beans for 5 to 6 minutes until they are all opened.
- Check the seasoning and add extra pepper or salt to taste if necessary. Take the pan off the heat, remove the bay leaves and what’s left of the rosemary and scoop the clams and beans into large bowls. Serve hot.