Clams Rockefeller

By Marge Perry & David Bonom
It is said that the original dish, Oysters Rockefeller, got its name because the sauce was as rich as the richest American, John D. Rockefeller. That may have been a compliment in the late 1800s, but times and tastes have changed. In this version using clams, the flavor of the seafood is enhanced, rather than obscured, by the sauce to allow the ingredients—and the cook’s finesse—to shine.
  • Course: Appetizer


  • baby spinach
  • chopped fresh tarragon
  • Dry White Wine
  • finely chopped green onions
  • Freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • garlic cloves
  • kosher salt
  • littleneck or cherry stone clams
  • plain dry breadcrumbs
  • Salt
  • Tabasco sauce
  • unsalted butter
  • Worcestershire sauce


  1. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, 1 minute. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until tender, 2 minutes. Stir in the green onions and tarragon, cook 1 minute. Add the breadcrumbs and wine and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and salt
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  3. Transfer the spinach mixture to a cutting board and coarsely chop it.
  4. Spread the kosher salt over a large baking sheet to a depth of 1/4-inch. Arrange the clams in half shells on the salt. Top each with some of the spinach mixture. Sprinkle with the Romano cheese. Bake until the cheese on top of the spinach browns, about 8-10 minutes.