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Small neck shells from The Lost Kitchen

Small neck shells from The Lost Kitchen

Erin French’s Lost Kitchen Restaurant, which she opened in her hometown of Freedom, Maine, has become one of the hardest reservations to get in the world. The cookbook author, bestselling memoirist and TV chef offers “Sunday morning” viewers her tantalizing seafood recipe – rich in spices and scented with flowers.

Don’t miss Martha Teichner’s interview with Erin French “CBS Sunday Morning” October 9!

Chef Erin French prepares Little Neck Clams.  / Credit: CBS News

Chef Erin French prepares Little Neck Clams. / Credit: CBS News

Little Neck Clams with Juniper, Rose & Limeby Erin French Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 as a main.

Ingredients: 1.5 lbs. small neck clams in shell (about a dozen mussels) 6 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons white wine 1 tablespoon dried juniper berries 2 teaspoons rose water 2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped Rosemary, cedar, juniper berries and rose buds or petals for garnish Crusty bread for dipping .

Instructions:

Rinse the mussels in cold water to remove any sand or grit. Place an 8-inch dry cast iron skillet over high heat. Let the pan get nice and hot and then add the mussels all at once. Let sit undisturbed until the clams begin to release a little juice and the pan begins to sizzle a little, about 4-5 minutes. Add the butter, garlic and juniper berries and shake the pan briefly. It will start to sizzle and steam as the butter hits the pan. Add the wine and cover to cook the mussels. Cook until all the clams have opened, about 5-6 minutes. Squeeze the lime over the top and stir in the rose water, garnish and serve immediately with grilled bread.

Small neck shells.  / Credit: CBS NewsSmall neck shells.  / Credit: CBS News

Small neck shells. / Credit: CBS News

For more information:

The Lost Kitchen RestaurantFreedom, MaineFollow Eric Frans on Instagram“Finding freedom: a cook’s story; building a new life” by Erin French (Celadon Books), in hardcover, eBook and audio formats, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound“The Lost Kitchen: Recipes and a Good Life Found in Freedom, Maine: A Cookbook” by Erin French (Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed), in hardcover and eBook formats, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieboundTo learn more about Erin French and her upcoming cookbook, click here“The Lost Kitchen” (Magnolia Network)

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