Clam pie

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A clam pie prepared with curry spices

A clam pie is a savory meat pie prepared using clams as a primary ingredient, and it is a part of the cuisine of New England. It is also prepared as a type of pizza pie. White clam pie is a pizza variety that originated in New Haven, Connecticut.


A clam pie is a meat pie prepared using clams as a main ingredient. Ingredients in addition to whole or chopped clams and pie crust can include potatoes, corn, onion, celery, garlic, clam juice, milk, eggs, hard-boiled eggs, butter, crushed crackers, seasonings, salt and pepper.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Fresh or canned clams can be used to prepare the dish, and flour can be used to thicken the mixture.[3] The dish is typically cooked by baking.[1][2] Clam pie is a part of the cuisine of New England.[7]


A clam pizza pie

Clam pie can be prepared as a pizza pie using clams as a topping.[8] Fresh or canned clams can be used,[8] and the clams can be minced[9] or whole.

White clam pie is a pizza variety in New Haven, Connecticut, and is typically prepared using pizza dough, clams, olive oil, grated Romano cheese, garlic and oregano.[8] The dish originated at the Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana restaurant in the Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven, and was first prepared there sometime in the 1950s.[8][10]

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  2. ^ a b Dojny, B. (2015). The New England Clam Shack Cookbook, 2nd Edition. Storey Publishing, LLC. p. 174. ISBN 978-1-61212-239-7. 
  3. ^ a b Standish, M. (1997). Seafood: Down East Recipes. Down East Books. p. 12. ISBN 978-1-60893-425-6. 
  4. ^ Stavely, K.W.F.; Fitzgerald, K. (2011). Northern Hospitality: Cooking by the Book in New England. University of Massachusetts Press. p. 298. ISBN 978-1-55849-861-7. 
  5. ^ Shields, J.; Kirschbaum, J. (2015). Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 91. ISBN 978-1-4214-1816-2. 
  6. ^ Zippe, Nancy Coale (February 3, 2015). "Clam pie is culinary history in a crust". The News Journal. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ Frederick, J.G.; Joyce, J. (2012). Long Island Seafood Cookbook. Dover Publications. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-486-14448-1. 
  8. ^ a b c d Barrett, L.; Abate, L.; Caporuscio, R.; Bello, M.; Bruno, S. (2014). Pizza, A Slice of American History. Voyageur Press. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-7603-4560-3. 
  9. ^ Sietsema, Robert (August 10, 2016). "Denino's Kills It in Greenwich Village With the City's Best Clam Pizza". Eater NY. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ Waxman, J.; Colicchio, T. (2011). Italian, My Way: More Than 150 Simple and Inspired Recipes That Breathe New Life into Italian Classics. Simon & Schuster. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-4516-1108-3. 

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