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  • Serves: 4 Servings

New England Clambake Salad - Country Living

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Category: Salads, Shellfish

 Ingredients List

  • Lemon-Basil Dressing;
  • -(recipe follows)
  • Water
  • 1 1/4 lb Small red potatoes
  • 1 1/4 lb Fingerling potatoes; (see
  • -Note)
  • 4 Ears fresh yellow corn;
  • -shucked and silk removed
  • 4 1-lb lobsters
  • 12 Mussels; scrubbed and beards
  • -removed
  • 12 Littleneck clams; scrubbed
  • 2 Sprigs fresh basil


1. Prepare Leinon-Basil Dressing; refrig- erate while preparing salad.

2. Fill an 8-quart saucepot with 2 1/2, inches water; heat to boiling. Add
potatoes and cook 12 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender but still
retain their shape. Meanwhile, cut each ear of corn into quarters; add corn
quarters to potatoes during last 2 minutes of cooking. With slotted spoon
or strainer, remove potatoes and corn to large serving bowl or platter and
set aside.

3. Drain off all but 1 inch of cooking water; reheat to boiling. Add
lobsters to pot, head first; cover and cook 10 to 12 minutes or until
bright red and one small leg pulls off easily, indicating lobster is
completely cooked. Reserving cooking water, remove lobsters to colander;
finse and set aside to drain and cool.

4. Add mussels and clams to simmering water remaining in pot; cover and
cook 3 minutes or until all shellfish have completely opened. Drain mussels
and clams very well. (Discard any that don't open.) Arrange with potatoes
and corn in large bowl or on serving platter.

5. Remove claw and tail meat from all lobsters and arrange in large bowl
with vegetables and shellfish. Garnish with basil sprigs, if desired, and
serve with Lemon-Basil Dressing.

Lemon-Basil Dressing: In food processor fitted with chopping blade or
blender, process or blend 1 1/4 C packed fresh basil leaves, 1/2 C
mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 T olive oil, 1 clove garlic,
chopped, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, and 1/4 t ground black pepper until smooth.
Thin with 1 to 2 T water or until mixture has the consistency of salad
dressing. Makes about 1 cup.

Note- Fingerling potatoes are a yellow-fleshed variety and are about 1 inch
in diameter and 2 to 4 inches long, Their waxy texture makes them a good
choice for salads. If unavailable, any large yellow-fleshed or smooth
white-fleshed potatoes can be substituted. If using large potatoes, cut
each into 2-inch pieces.

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