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Recipe: Frutti di Mare on the Grill

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In my family, this dish is absolutely synonymous with summer! It’s a recipe that a friend shared with me years ago and I make it almost every time I entertain a crowd during the summer months. For one thing, it’s outrageously delicious and for another, it’s something that you can prep ahead of time, making it the perfect, no-fuss party food.

Mussels, clams, shrimp, garlic, shallots, grape tomatoes, lemon and fresh herbs – it’s a seafood lovers’ dream! Put all of the ingredients in a large aluminum roasting pan, cover it with foil and let the entire thing steam on the grill. In minutes, you’ve got a wonderful hot seafood appetizer OR an incredible seafood sauce that can be served over linguini. Take your pick – both are show stoppers!

My preference is to serve it as a hot appetizer with loaves of crusty bread for dipping in the tasty broth that develops when the seafood and veggies steam down. It makes a huge amount, but don’t expect to have any leftovers. I’ve been making this for years and guests always devour every last morsel. And they almost always leave with the recipe, determined to make it themselves.

Enjoy this little bit of summer on a plate! And please remember to post photos and tag me on Instagram. I love to see your creations!



Frutti di Mare on the Grill

2 lbs. mussels, cleaned
2 lbs. clams, cleaned
16-24 jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/3 c. olive oil
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 shallots, sliced thinly
1 pint grape tomatoes
2 lemons, sliced
1 Tbsp. salt
ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped basil

Preheat the grill until hot.

Place seafood in a large, aluminum pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the olive oil, white wine, shallots, salt and pepper. Pour over the seafood. Top seafood with the grape tomatoes, lemon slices and fresh herbs, then cover with aluminum foil. Place the pan onto the grill and allow to cook for approximately 15-20 minutes (or until the mussels and clams open and the shrimp turn pink), stirring occasionally. Remove pan from grill and serve.

Serves 10-12.


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