|Oyster or Clam Casino
2 TBS olive oil
1 TBS butter
3/4 cup finely chopped white onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 TBS prepared chopped fresh garlic
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
4 slices finely diced bacon
1 tsp dried oregano
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
24-30 PanaPesca clams, thawed and on the half shell
or 24 oysters on the half shell
Garnish: paprika, olive oil, fresh parsley, lemon wedges and zest
Saute the garlic, pepper and onion in the butter and olive oil until tender. Fry the bacon, drain and chop.
Combine sauteed vegetables with bacon, Panko crumbs, oregano and Parmigiano and toss to combine well. Place clams on the half shell on a sheet pan - a layer of coarse salt or fresh herbs on the pan can keep them from spilling.
Sprinkle lightly with paprika and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the top of a preheated 450 degree oven for about 5 minutes and serve immediately as an appetizer. Also great with a dash of hot sauce. - Daniel Rosacci, Tony's Markets