In an effort to stay in the ol’ Ireland budget, His Lordship and I have been doing things like “saving money” and “not going to bars.” We’ve also been spending a lot of time preparing meals at home. Oftentimes when this happens, I get into a pasta/grain rut, where one can open the refrigerator door to a multitude of boxes containing Friday night carb meals (related: leftover pasta freezes well). and “preparing meals at home”.
To break myself of the carb habit, I surprised my ball and chain with a meal consisting of clams, chickpeas, and chorizo. Delighted, he was (the exact opposite of his feeling post reading the “ball and chain” comment), and even more so when I told him of how inexpensive clams are for two. Also, they’re a snap to prepare.
Clams With Chorizo & Chickpeas
2 lbs. clams, steamers or cherrystones, rinsed of their grit**
2 large links of chorizo, quartered
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup white wine
Crusty bread for dipping
Extra-virgin olive oil
1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in large soup pot; add chorizo and saute for 7-8 minutes until golden brown; add chickpeas and saute 2-3 minutes more.
2. Deglaze the pot with white wine, bringing up brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add clams and stir together. Cover; shake the pan a bit; steam clams 6-7 minutes until open. Discard any unopened clams. Season to taste with salt.
3. Serve clams in large bowl with crusty bread.
**Discard any clams that do not close when tapping on their shell. Those suckers are dead and will no doubt make you feel like poo.