Spanish Hake and Clams in Salsa Verde
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 20mins
4 main dishes
- 24 small littleneck clams or 24 small manila clams
- 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
- 4 cups water
- 1⁄3 cup olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 2 lbs hake fillets, cut into 16 pieces
- 4 white asparagus, canned and halved crosswise (the best are from Navarra)
- 2 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and quartered lengthwise, for garnish
- chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (to garnish)
- Scrub the clams under cold running water, discarding any that fail to close to the touch. In a large bowl, combine the clams, coarse salt, and water to cover and let stand for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours so that the clams release any sand trapped in their shells. Drain.
- In a large saucepan, combine the clams with the 4 cups water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, or until they open. As the clams cook, uncover the pan occasionally and stir with a wooden spoon to encourage them all to open at about the same time. Drain the clams, reserving the cooking liquid. Discard any clams that have not opened.
- In a large cazuela, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, if using, and fry, stirring often, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the garlic begins to turn golden. Sprinkle the flour over the garlic and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture is well blended. Add 3 cups of the reserving cooking liquid and the salt, parsley and wine. Decrease the heat to medium and boil, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly. Add more cooking liquid if you prefer a thinner sauce. Rotate the cazuela in circular motions over the burner to mix all the ingredients, and boil gently for 2 minutes, or until the sauce is blended and looks whitish green.
- Sprinkle the hake pieces with the salt and place in a single layer in the sauce. Cook, turning once, for 2 minutes on each side, or until opaque at the center when tested with a knife tip. Add the clams and asparagus, shake the pan gently to prevent sticking, and simmer for 2 more minutes so heat all the ingredients through.
- Garnish with the egg wedges and sprinkle with the parsley. Serve immediately.
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I am a married cruise-only travel agent with two stepsons, aged 20 and 25. It took a while to get the boys used to my cooking, as they were raised on fast food and pre-packaged foods (i.e. mac-n-cheese from the blue box, frozen dinners, Chef Boyardee, McDonalds, etc.). My mother is from Spain and I lived there as well as Germany, England and Italy growing up, which influenced both my career and my cuisine!</p> 8726943"