Chris’s Vongole

 Every summer, my husband Chris makes his famous vongole – well, it’s his take on the dish and it’s always superb. He is as American as you get, and growing up in California and Miami, fresh seafood was always a part of his life. While it would be hard to write down this recipe – he cooks from memory – it always involves the same fresh ingredients, most of which we get from the farmers market on a saturday:
A pound of roma tomatoes, which he blanches and peels
Plenty of fresh parsley (perhaps a whole head), thyme and whatever else he might have on hand
Lots of fresh lemon and garlic
Freshly grated parmesan
Salt and black pepper to taste.
Serve with a green salad, crusty bread and a chilled rose champagne. So good!

30 thoughts on “Chris’s Vongole

    1. thank you! it’s actually parchment paper from Wholefoods – I wanted to use butchers paper but didn’t have time to find it, so decided on the parchment instead. I think it worked really well!

  1. I’m allergic to clams, otherwise this ewould be yummy. But I have to tell you that you are my greatest inspiration photographing stills! I discovered your work through Sweetpaul, and I just fell in love with you way of shooting. :o)

  2. Great! i’m Sonia, from Parma. Lovley Photographs. I deeply like your bolg! i’ve noticed yuo use Parmigiano Reggiano as ingredient…..I wait all your family here to see how we do it, why is important to spend a little bit more and avoid the fake parmesan!!! And you also use vongole, the big one… are you a pro cooker? see you, So.

    1. Hi Sonia, thanks for your message, and thanks for spending the time to look at my blog! I’m not a pro chef at all, neither is my husband, we just love to cook, and this is just our version of the dish. As far as the parmesan goes, it is not an option in our house to use the fake one, only the real one!

  3. Found my way here from Sweet Paul, you’re already added to my blogroll…I’ll love following your great pics and fab food inspiration 😉 Love from Vera

  4. Hello! congratulations for your new life as blogger ! Spaghetti alle vongole is allways one off my favourite meal, delicious!!! But your paninis from the last post look really great! Kisses from Barcelona!

  5. Wow, Frances, this is a great blog!! You have some of my favourites – artichokes, calamari salad, Chris’s vongole, to name a few. Great photography, too! What a delightful surprise! And such nice words about your parents!

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