Erin Palinski-Wade’s Bacon & Cheese Clam Pizza Bites
Registered dietician Erin Palinski-Wade recommends serving Matlaw's Stuffed Clams at parties. “They're a super easy and tasty appetizer to serve guests or make a perfect side dish for those who don't want to overdo it,” says Palinski-Wade.
- 16 Ounces whole grain pizza dough, room temperature
- 4 stuffed clams, such as Matlaw's Bacon & Cheese Stuffed Clams
- 1 Cup shredded 2 percent mozzarella cheese
- 1 Cup baby spinach
- 1.5 Cups marinara sauce
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Place Matlaw's Stuffed Clams on a baking sheet and place in oven for 30 minutes.
As the clams are baking, dust pizza dough, rolling pin, and counter top with whole grain flour to keep dough from sticking. Roll out dough into thin circular pizza pie. Place on baking stone or pizza sheet.
Spread 1-cup marinara sauce evenly on pizza. Top with spinach and mozzarella cheese.
After clams have been baked, remove from oven and carefully scoop out clam stuffing.
Bake pizza for 15 minutes or until crust begins to turn golden brown and cheese is melted.
Halfway through baking the pizza, remove from the oven and sprinkle the clam stuffing evenly over the top of the pizza. Place pizza back in the oven and continue cooking until the crust has turned a golden brown.
Slice pie into small, bite sized triangles.
Fill emptied clamshells with remaining marinara sauce for dipping.