Downeast, our winters are long and our summers are short, sweet and time to celebrate. To many of us, the best celebration of all is a classic Maine clambake made and served right on the seashore. This tradition goes back to the original New Englanders; the Native Americans who taught us how to steam lobster, clams, and corn on the cob in seaweed covered fire pits in the sand. Well, we here at Bar Harbor® don't feel the need to wait for summer, or have to go to the beach, to enjoy a real clambake. That's why we came up with an authentic recipe you can enjoy all year long – right in your kitchen or in your backyard.
Indoor Clambake (serves 4)
Backyard Clambake (Serves 6)
Place two pieces of cheesecloth on two pieces of foil large enough to wrap around 1 live lobster, a dozen clams, 1 ear of corn, 1 onion, 3 potatoes, and some Maine Rockweed (or spinach). Then tie the cloth tightly around the food and pour about one cup of water into each bundle. Make sure to not to puncture the foil so that it will securely hold the water during grilling - and turning.
Place six packages on a barbecue grill (with cover) about 4 inches over the flame. Turn the steamy bundles every 15 minutes for about one hour. Double check a bundle to make sure the potatoes are done. Discard the seaweed or spinach, breakout the nutcrackers, melted butter and enjoy your backyard clambake!
Last but not least, don't forget your favorite beverages, a slice of pie or a generous helping of our famous Indian Pudding for desert. Then put on your favorite tunes, dig in and savor the authentic flavor of Maine!
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