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Beer-Braised Cockles with Tomato and Basil

One of my favourite ways to enjoy cockles is braised in beer, tomato, butter and garnished with fresh basil. Enjoy these as a side dish or as a main course with lots of buttered bread.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Purging Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 18 minutes
Calories 448kcal
Cost $20/14€

Ingredients

  • 1 kg cockles alive
  • ½ bottle light beer
  • 280 g tomato diced (2-3 regular tomatoes)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced finely
  • ½ bunch fresh basil
  • 20 g butter (1-2 tbsp)
  • 9 g olive oil (1 tbsp)

Instructions

  • Purge the cockles in cold salted water (use sea salt, not table salt) for at least 1 hour or overnight in the fridge.
    After soaking, lift the cockles out of the cold water to a clean bowl and keep in the fridge until ready to cook.
    Soaking the cockles in cold salted water.
  • Have all of the ingredients ready to go before you start because they'll cook pretty quickly.
    All of the ingredients ready to go for the cockles.
  • In a large pot with a lid, gently cook the sliced garlic in the olive oil until fragrant but not browned (about 1 minute).
    Cooking the garlic in the olive oil until fragrant.
  • Immediately deglaze the pan with the beer. Add the tomato and half the basil. Increase the heat to high and close the lid. Shake the pan with the lid closed to cook them more evenly.
    Once the clams start to open, don't shake them anymore to prevent them from falling out of their shells.
  • Once most of the clams are opened turn off the heat. Add the rest of the basil, the butter and close the lid. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
    Check before serving for any cockles that didn't open and discard them.
    Serve as a side dish or with lots of buttered bread. Enjoy!
    Cockles in a bowl with buttered bread on the side.

Notes

If you don't have sea salt, you can use plain water to soak the cockles.

Nutrition

Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 603mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1039IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 27mg
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