Monday, July 11, 2011

DC has a Wharf?

I had heard rumors about the infamous "DC Wharf." Allegedly this place exists in the "dangerous" part of DC. The part of DC that a 20 something girl should not go alone... Southwest.

I decided to take my chances in search of the freshest seafood this place has to offer. I took the metro to the L'Enfant Metro Station and walked a half mile to the riverfront. There I found it. Seafood Mecca. From peel-and-eat shrimp, to fresh oysters, to live crabs and seafood gumbo, this place had it all and it was packed with people! I wandered among the excitement in awe and finally decided to get a dozen littleneck clams to cook for dinner and a cup of gumbo to enjoy before my metro ride back home to chinatown.

The gumbo was outstanding - hot, spicy and hearty. The clams made a great meal, here is how I prepared them:

One dozen fresh littleneck clams
3 cloves garlic
1 large shallot
Splash of white wine
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 can of italian diced tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
Crusty french bread (to soak up the broth)

Soak clams for several hours in water to remove any sand. Saute' onions and garlic with EVOO in a large pot (actually used a large wok because my roommates and I are short on pots with lids). Add a splash of white wine, followed by the chicken broth and the diced tomatoes. Bring to a simmer. Scrub and rinse clams before adding them to the broth. Cover the pot and wait about ten minutes. The clams are done when the shells open.

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