Clambake Buckets

By: Joseph Gunder | Seafood Manager, Oakwood
On: September 29, 2014

If you are anything like me, then you enjoy the fall and all that it has to offer. This is a great time of year in Ohio because the weather cools off, football makes a comeback, the festival circuit is in full swing, and the landscape is beautiful. This time of year is full of tradition for people all over the country and this year we would like to bring an East Coast tradition back to Dorothy Lane Market. I am, of course, talking about a Clambake!

The clambake has been a staple of fall on the east coast for hundreds of years, and has made its way across the country over the last century. While there are several variations on the traditional clambake, one thing is for sure: it is a great way to bring people together. If you have a large family, a lot of friends, or you are having people over for Saturday night football, you will be sure to have a unique and delicious way to feed them if you cook a clambake bucket.

Traditionally, clambakes are done on the beach in a sand pit lined with heated rocks and a tarp to cover everything and steam the shellfish. I know I don’t have to tell you that we don’t have many beaches here in Ohio, so we have to make a few adjustments. What we have done is take everything and put it together in a bucket so it can be easily placed on an open flame, grill top, or your stove top burner.

After 30 minutes, you should see steam start to rise out of the bucket. Then you want to wait 12-15 more minutes and everything will be ready to eat! The most popular way to serve this dinner is to throw a disposable tablecloth over a picnic table and dump the entire contents of the bucket on the table and let everyone serve themselves. When you pour the bucket out, you get your first view of the clams, mussels, shrimp, potatoes, sausage, corn, carrots, and onions that comprise the traditional New England clambake.

The clambake has 2 lbs of large shell-on shrimp, 4 lbs of mussels, 50 littleneck clams, 6 ears of corn, 18 red potatoes, andouille sausage, carrots, onions, celery, butter, wine, and water. There is enough to feed 10-12 people and the cost is $85. Whether it’s already a fall tradition for your family or you are starting a new one, our Clambake Bucket is sure to please your family and friends!