Spaghetti with Clams, Leeks and Garlic Chives
4 lbs. manila or littleneck clams, washed & scrubbed
1 leek, cleaned and sliced thinly
1 to 1/2 bunch nira (garlic chives), minced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup sake or white wine
pinch chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Wash clams under cold water and scrub shells with a brush. Discard any open ones. Set clams aside.
Wash leeks thoroughly, making sure there's no sand between the leaves. Slice thinly. Mince nira--garlic chives--and garlic.
Heat a frying pan and add olive oil and butter. Saute the leeks, nira and garlic until aromatic and wilted over medium-high heat, about 5 or 10 minutes. Add a pinch of chili flakes and the sake or white wine and bring to boil. Add clams and cover. Clams are done when they open. Serve over hot spaghetti.
This recipe serves about 6 to 8 big eaters with 2 lbs. of spaghetti.