Dinner Tonight: Drunken Clams & Mustardy Roasted Broccoli

December 24, 2012

You've probably got dinner tonight all figured out, seeing as it's Christmas Eve and all, but if you don't, this meal -- while we admit, it's no Feast of Seven Fishes -- makes for mighty fine sustenance. Though your tummy will be lined with rich and garlic-heavy roasted broccoli and wine-soaked clams, there should still be a little room left for a late-night cookie with Santa (or a carrot with Rudolph). 

The Menu

Click through on the recipe photos or titles to see (and save and print) the full recipes, but we've also written you a handy grocery list and game plan below.

Roasted Broccoli with Almonds, Roasted Garlic and Mustard Vinaigrette by thirschfeld

Photo by Tom Hirschfeld

Drunken Clams with Sausage by QueenSashy

Photo by James Ransom

The Grocery List (for 4)

6 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup whole almonds
4 dozen clams
2 sweet Italian sausages

Fresh parsley

Fresh tarragon

Fresh crusty bread for dunking

We trust you're a pretty-on-top-of-it type, and probably have an onion, garlic, celery, sweet and dry white wine, cream, olive oil, lemons, whole-grain mustard, salt, and pepper lying around. If not, you'll need those, too!

The Plan 

1. For only one teeny tiny reason, this Dinner Tonight takes a little longer than usual -- the roasted garlic for the broccoli. It needs a little over an hour in the oven to get luxuriously soft and sweet. But it's a holiday and you're home anyway, right? Let it bake while you wrap the last of the presents, or have some eggnog with your neighbors, or do something else similarly, even excessively festive. 

2. Once the garlic is finished, crank the oven up a bit and pop in the broccoli (which you prepped as the garlic roasted, right?).

3. Whip up that dreamy dressing for the broccoli and set aside. 

4. Turn your attention to the clams. If you've ever worked with clams or mussels before, you know how quickly things go, so now is the moment when you actually have to pay a little attention. 

5. Breathe in the steamy goodness of wine and shellfish. Pull the broccoli from the oven, dress, and serve with the clams, their liquor, and (ideally) some good bread for dunking. Maybe it's a feast after all!

6. Cheers! Excellent work. Have a candy cane or two, and maybe, MAYBE, open one little present. But just one. 

Like this post? See last week's Dinner Tonight menu: Greek Salad & Seafood Stew.

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