Cajun Clams

Spicy stuffed clams that can be prepared in advance and frozen.

2/3 C Fresh minced onion
3 Garlic cloves — minced
1/3 C Minced green pepper
1/4 lb Butter
2/3 C Minced celery
2 cans Chopped clams (6.5 oz each)
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Cajun seasoning

1 tsp Onion powder
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Melt butter on high heat in frying pan, add vegetables and sauté until soft and translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir periodically with a wooden spoon.
2. Add clams, including the broth, and stir. Season with worcestershire sauce, cajun seasoning, and onion powder. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt and pepper as needed.
3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes. Then add bread crumbs. Place in clam shells. Garnish with paprika. At this point they may be frozen, tightly wrapped, defrosted in the refrigerator, then cooked.

Broil for 5 minutes under broiler until browned.

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