Beer Batter Clam Fritters with Orange Spinach Salad

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Clams are an excellent source of iron, much like mussels, scallops and shrimp. Tinky Weisblat, Writer,, showed us how to make beer battered clam fritters and an orange spinach salad.

Beer Batter Clam Fritters with Orange Spinach Salad

1 pound fresh clams (or 2 6-1/2 ounce cans of minced clams)
1 cup flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt plus pepper to taste
1 handful parsley, minced
Zest of 1 organic lemon
2 tablespoons clam juice/broth
Enough lager added to the clam juice to make 1/3 cup liquid
1 egg
Canola oil for deep frying

If you are using the fresh clams, steam them in salted water. Reserve a small amount of the water; then shell the clams and chop them into pieces. If you are using the canned clams, drain them carefully, reserving a small amount of their juice.
In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, parsley, and lemon zest. In a measuring cup combine the clam juice and lager; then whisk in the egg until it breaks down.
Stir the clams into the flour mixture, followed by the liquids.
Heat the oil to 375 degrees. Drop the batter by small spoonsful into the hot oil. Deep fry until the fritters are golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels and serve as quickly as possible with tartar sauce and lemon wedges.

Orange Spinach Salad

For the vinaigrette:
1 clove garlic, minced
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
4 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon salt plus freshly ground pepper to taste
10 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons orange oil

For the salad:
1 pound fresh spinach
optional add-ins such as orange slices, sunflower seeds, bell peppers, chopped hard-boiled eggs, red onion, ham, etc.

First, make the vinaigrette. In a blender combine the garlic, vinegar, syrup, juice, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Slowly blend in the oils. Pour the vinaigrette into a glass jar. (If you don’t have a blender, just combine the ingredients in the same order in a jar and shake very well.)

Next, wash, trim, and dry the spinach. Throw your preferred add-ins into the salad, and splash on dressing (i.e. vinaigrette) to taste. You will have extra dressing, but you may store it in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. Be sure to shake it well before using it again-and taste it to see whether you need to add a little more orange oil. (The oil tends to evaporate.)

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