Recipe by Barb in WNY

I never had an occasion to make this. Recipe origin unknown. Preparation time includes refrigerator time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain clams, reserving liquid. You will have about 1 cup liquid and 1 cup clam meat.
  2. Melt the bacon fat in a skillet and saute the shallots and garlic for about 3 minutes.
  3. Off the heat, blend in the flour, stirring until it is all incorporated.
  4. Add 1/4 cup clam liquid and cream gradually.
  5. Return to the heat and cook over moderate heat until the sauce is very thick.
  6. Remove from the heat and add remaining ingredients.
  7. Fold in the clams.
  8. Refrigerate mixture at least 4 hours.
  9. With a teaspoon measure form balls 1/2-inch in diameter.
  10. Place on wax paper.
  11. In a small, heavy skillet pour oil to a depth of 1-inch and heat to 365°F
  12. Drop in 3 balls at a time, frying about 1 minute.
  13. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  14. These can be kept warm in a 200°F oven.
  15. If made in advance, reheat in a 425F oven placed on a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan for 7 minutes.
  16. Can be frozen. Place on a flat surface to freeze, then put in a freezer bag and seal. Reheat frozen balls in a 350F oven for 10 minutes.

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