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Clam Bake
For a party of 8 plan on layering:

8 baking or sweet potatoes
8 ears of corn
8 onions
8 chicken halves
8 live lobsters
4 to 8 dozen clams

Use combination of greens and damp cheesecloth for seaweed, firewood
for driftwood and heavy duty aluminum foil for the traditional sand
covering. About 12 lbs. of mixed greens (collard greens, kale,
etc.) and 15 yards of cheesecloth will hold in moisture as food
cooks. Three rolls of heavy duty 37 1/2 ft. aluminum foil will both
line and seal pit. Use about 100 lbs. of completely dry rocks (size
of grapefruit) to line pit and hold in heat as food cooks.

Dig a bow-shaped pit 3 ft. in diameter and 1.5 feet deep in the
center. Using crisscross pattern, line with double thickness of
heavy duty aluminum foil, then a layer of dry rocks about the size
of grapefruit. Caution: Wet rocks can explode.

Build a bonfire on top of rocks in the pit. Use firewood and
kindling. Let the fire burn 1.5 to 2 hours or until burned down
and rocks are hot. NOTE: Do not use charcoal. Soak corn-on-the-cob
(with silk removed) and mixed greens in cold water while fire is
burning. Wash clams and set aside. Peel onions; remove ends. Oil
potatoes. Refrigerate lobster on ice.

Once fire has burned down, work quickly to prevent rocks from losing
heat. Tamp down embers. On top of rocks, layer pit in the following
order: Half of the greens, strips of wet cheesecloth, potatoes,
corn, onions, chicken halves, live lobsters and clams. Cover food
with remaining wet cheesecloth, then greens. Cover pit with heavy
duty aluminum foil. Crimp all sides to the edges of aluminum foil
used to line the pit. Let food steam cook 40 to 60 minutes.

Remove foods immediately when done. Cooking times will vary depending
on temperature of rocks. Peek at clams after 40 minutes. If they
are open and lobsters are bright red, dinner is ready. Serve with
melted butter and lemon.

Serve with clam chowder as an appetizer, and watermelon for dessert.


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Great clam bake, August 6, 2006 - 10:37 AM
Reviewer: Anonymous from Ohio
We don't live close to the water but love seafood. If you follow the directions, this is a great party. we've used this twice and have had rave reviews each time!

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