Broadway garlic, clam pizza

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Broadway Garlic, Clam Pizza
Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 T. Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • ½ lb. chopped bacon
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 54 littleneck clams
  • 2 C. Tomato Puree
  • 1 1/4 pounds homemade or store-bought pizza dough, room temperature
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
Process:
  1. Position a rack in the lower third of oven; place a pizza stone on rack. Preheat oven to 500 degrees at least 30 minutes before cooking.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, bacon and bay leaf; cook, stirring, until vegetables are soft and fragrant. Add wine and cover pot; bring liquid to a boil. Add clams, cover, and cook, until clams have opened, about 5 minutes. Remove clams from pot and let cool. Remove clams from shells, discarding shells; set aside.

  3. Strain liquid into a medium saucepan; set solids aside. Cook liquid over medium-high heat until reduced and thickened. Add tomato puree and continue cooking until reduced and thickened. Remove from heat and let sauce cool.
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