Clam and Mussel Stew with Capocollo and Vesuvius Tomatoes

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 large leeks, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbs. chopped garlic
  • 12 halves Vesuvius Tomatoes(see recipe)
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 24 littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 2 cups bottled clam juice
  • 32 mussels
  • 6 oz capocollo or country ham cut into matchstick size pieces
  • 1/3 cup parsley

Vesuvius Tomatoes:

  • 2 Tbs. plus 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped onions
  • 12 large ripe plum tomatoes, halved
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 250 F. Heat 2 Tbs. oil in skillet and add onions. Sauté 8 minutes. Place tomatoes in single layer in large roasting pan. Add onions, 1/2 cup oil, garlic, basil, salt, sugar, and red pepper; toss. Roast about 2 hours.

Stew:

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat.  Add leeks and garlic and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes.  Add Vesuvius Tomatoes and wine and boil 2 minutes.  Add clams and clam juice.  Cover and cook 5 minutes.  Add mussels, cover and cook until clams and mussels open, about 4 minutes.  Mix in capocollo and parsley.

4 Servings

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