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Clams Oreganato Crackers

Updated on February 15, 2018
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I love to cook and try new foods and recipes. I try to do my best to incorporate healthy foods, but sometimes I need a little comfort food.

Clams Oreganato
Clams Oreganato | Source

Clams Oreganato On Crackers

Want a quick and easy appetizer? How about a great go-to snack for a party? A nice hot hors d'oeuvre. I call these "clams oreganata on crackers".

My father used to make clams oreganato as hors d'oeuvers on special occasions. Originally, he made them from fresh clams which required shucking the clam; scooping out the insides and chopping the meat. Then he would add all the ingredients back into the clam shell and bake.

Later, he discovered if he saved the shells, he could just buy minced clams in a can and they tasted the same.

My version, on crackers is a lot easier to make than clams oreganata in the shell. Just grab a can of minced clams off your grocer's shelf and you are good to go. No mess of opening clams and chopping. Yet, they still have that great clam taste.


A Few Simple Ingredients

A Few Simple Ingredients for Clams Oreganato
A Few Simple Ingredients for Clams Oreganato | Source
Sheet of Clams Oreganato Fresh Out of the Oven
Sheet of Clams Oreganato Fresh Out of the Oven | Source

Clams Oreganato Crackers

If you can't find Triscuits (a woven wheat biscuit) I would suggest any other square or rectangular plain wheat cracker. However, the open weave allows the flavors to be more easily absorbed and add extra texture.

Triscuits come in flavors and also salted and unsalted. I find the salted salty enough so that I don't need to add salt to the recipe. My significant other thinks adding salt tastes better as snacks should be salty.

My supermarket frequently has minced clams on sale. I stock up as I also use them to make spaghetti with clam sauce. Even when they are not on sale, they are still fairly inexpensive.


Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 10 (3 crackers each)

Ingredients

  • 30 Triscuit crackers
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 6.5 ounce (134 g) can of minced clams
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line a cookie sheet or other ovenable pan with aluminum foil. Arrange the Triscuits so they are touching each other.
  2. Olive oil and spices and stir. Drain the liquid out of a can of minced clams and add them to the mix. Add the mozzarella and gently stir.
  3. Spoon the mixture evenly over the crackers.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
Cast your vote for Clams Oreganata Crackers

Here's a great way to make and serve clams oreganata crackers - No aluminum foil needed

An oven safe dish to bake them in and yet pretty enough to bring to the table to serve.

If desired, omit the aluminum foil and just spray the surface with a little cooking oil so the cheese doesn't stick to the plate too much and to make clean up easier.

The advantage would be, if the aluminum foil is omitted, you could just reheat by popping in the microwave

Recipe Instructions In Pictures

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Line the cookie sheet with aluminum foilArrange crackers with edges touching, keeping gaps to a minimumMix the ingredients in a bowl.Add mozzarella an stir to coatScoop mixture onto crackers and pop in the ovenOut of the ovenServe and break apart to eat.
Line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil
Line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil | Source
Arrange crackers with edges touching, keeping gaps to a minimum
Arrange crackers with edges touching, keeping gaps to a minimum | Source
Mix the ingredients in a bowl.
Mix the ingredients in a bowl. | Source
Add mozzarella an stir to coat
Add mozzarella an stir to coat | Source
Scoop mixture onto crackers and pop in the oven
Scoop mixture onto crackers and pop in the oven | Source
Out of the oven
Out of the oven | Source
Serve and break apart to eat.
Serve and break apart to eat. | Source

Ounce to Gram Conversion

1 cup = 8 ounces

© 2012 Ellen Gregory

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      This is very good information, I like it, thank you for sharing. :)

    • alvinyeoh lm profile image

      alvinyeoh lm 

      5 years ago

      Will head to Walmart to buy those ingredients. I believe it would make good appetizer. Can't wait to taste it.

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      ComfortsOfHome 

      5 years ago

      Triscuits are my favourite cracker and you can't go wrong with minced clams. These look like a great appetizer to try for this New Year's Eve - thank you!

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      ZenSquid 

      5 years ago

      These look sooo good!

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      AshleysCorner 

      5 years ago

      Can't wait to try them. Nice lens!

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      candy47 

      5 years ago

      I love clams oreganata! This is probably the best recipe ever...because it's so easy!! Thanks for sharing.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @victoriahaneveer: I don't know if you can tell from the photo, the crackers are a woven wheat cracker. The thin woven texture holds the olive oil well.

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      victoriahaneveer 

      5 years ago

      These look good. Not sure I can get those crackers (or canned clams) here in Holland but it's worth a look!

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      Robin S 

      5 years ago from USA

      Interesting. I'm going to give these a try.

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      getmoreinfo 

      5 years ago

      These Clams Oreganata on Crackers looks really good.

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