Clams Casino with Almond Flour

Last weekend, I ordered some clams in the shell, grilled them, and enjoyed them with lemon and hot sauce. SOOO GOOD! Partnered with a salad, it was the perfect summer meal. Anyway, I was left with a whole bunch of clam shells and thought it would be fun to try to make Paleo Clams Casino (or baked clams, as my dad always called them). I had to figure out a recipe for Paleo bread crumbs and found this one: http://www.mmmmpaleo.com/2013/11/italian-seasoned-bread-crumbs-aka.html

I found this recipe to be the perfect consistency and taste for the baked clams. I doubled it, but I would advise to triple it because I nearly ran out!

Paleo Clams Casino Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of clams (1 minced, 2 chopped)
  • about 2 1/2 c. Paleo Bread Crumbs (almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, black pepper, oregano, parsley)
  • 1/4 c. cashew butter
  • 24-28 clean clam shells
  • 3 strips of bacon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare the Paleo bread crumbs. Pour the minced and chopped clams with the juice into a large bowl. Add in 2 cups of the bread crumbs and mix with the clams until it has a nice thick consistency (You may need to add up to a cup more of bread crumbs to get the desired thickness). Add the cashew butter and mix well. Prepare a large baking sheet with foil and set clam shells on the sheet. Fill clam shells with clam/”bread crumb” mixture. Cut bits of bacon into about 1 inch long strips and place them over top of the mixture in each clam shell. Bake for 20 minutes, then switch to broil. Keep an eye on the clams until the bacon browns and gets nice and crispy. When bacon has reached your desired crispiness, remove the sheet from the oven and let cool! These tasty treats make for great appetizers, especially during the holidays!