Drunken Clams and Sausage

These drunken clams and sausage are paired with white wine, chicken stock, fennel and just a touch of cream. Perfect when served with crusty bread. 

These drunken clams and sausage are paired with white wine, chicken stock, fennel and just a touch of cream. Perfect when served with crusty bread.

You know what I love?

Comfort food.

When I think of traditional comfort food I think of French onion salisbury steak, veal and sage meatloaf or even short rib chili. Warm inviting foods that keep you warm all winter long. You know the type of food. They type that sticks to your ribs and keeps you full for hours.

Sadly I wrote off seafood as being comfort food.

Until now.

These drunken clams and sausage are paired with white wine, chicken stock, fennel and just a touch of cream. Perfect when served with crusty bread.

This dish is packed full of clams, spicy Italian sausage, shallots, fennel, white wine, chicken stock and just a touch of cream. The broth is soup like and is perfect for sopping up with a big hunk of crusty bread.

I made this dish in the afternoon and for lunch I found myself eating it over top the stove. I plucked little clams out of their shells and used my bread to sop up any remaining broth in the pot. It was the type of lunch I wish I had time for every single day.

I have made clams in the past (linguine alle vongole and beer steamed clams) but have never made them in a way that reminds me of comfort and cool weather. The only way this dish could be better is if I had a fire place to eat it next too.

I know I sound like a weirdo for loving this dish so much but seriously people!

clams + fennel + sausage + white wine = love

These drunken clams and sausage are paired with white wine, chicken stock, fennel and just a touch of cream. Perfect when served with crusty bread.


Drunken Clams and Sausage

These drunken clams and sausage are paired with white wine, chicken stock, fennel and just a touch of cream. Perfect when served with crusty bread.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 (medium sized) head of fennel, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 dozen little neck clams, rinsed and cleaned
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


In a large skillet set over medium heat add olive oil. Once the oil is hot add in sausage and begin to brown. Make sure to break up the sausage has it cooks.

Cook just until it starts to turn brown. Add in shallots and fennel. Continue cooking until the vegetables start to soften and the sausage is no longer pink.

Add in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add in white wine and cook down half way.

Pour in chicken stock and stir to combine.

Place cleaned raw clams on top of mixture, slightly pushing them into the stock. Cover and let cook for about 8 minutes or until completely opened. If any clams do not open throw them away.

Carefully remove the opened clams from the dish and add cream to the sausage mixture. Cook for 5 minutes and either add the clams back to the dish for serving or divide clams equally between bowls and pour the hot sausage/broth mixture overtop.

* Want to learn how to clean your clams? Read all about it in my beer steamed clams post.

* Prep time includes the time it takes to clean your clams.

32 Responses to “Drunken Clams and Sausage”

  1. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — December 22, 2014 at 7:45 am

    The color on your broth is such an amazing color that I thought for sure there was saffron involved. Guess not, which makes me happy because I don’t have saffron in my spice cabinet! This looks amazing, Brandy. I’m just now becoming enamored with clams so I’ll have to try this.

  2. #
    Melanie | Melanie Makes — December 22, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Such a gorgeous dish – you’d have everyone in your neighborhood knocking on your door for dinner! Pinned!

  3. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — December 22, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Oh. My. How wonderful is this?! So lovely!

  4. #
    Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — December 22, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I love clams. Another beautiful recipe I must try!

  5. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — December 22, 2014 at 8:23 am

    It has been WAY TOO long since I’ve had clams. This is making me crave them all over again.

  6. #
    Christie - Food Done Light — December 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

    We would all adore these. Every ingredient is a favorite of mine. I need a big loaf of bread to soak up all that wonderful juice too.

  7. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 22, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Seriously dying over this right now. I’ve never wanted clams for breakfast like I do now!!

  8. #
    Marla Meridith — December 22, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Love the flavors you paired with these clams!

  9. #
    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — December 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

    How gorgeous is this bowl of clams and sausage?! I would love to dip a whole loaf of baguette in this wonderful broth!

  10. #
    The Food Hunter — December 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Oh this is my kind of dish!

  11. #
    Angie — December 22, 2014 at 10:02 am

    These clams look amazing! I love that you added booze and sausage, so good!

  12. #
    stephanie @ Back for Seconds — December 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Beautiful dish. Do you deliver?

  13. #
    Heather // girlichef — December 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Gah – you are totally speaking my language here! Give me that pot, a loaf of crusty bread, and a bottle of wine…I’m happy for the entire day. Pinned. Twice.

  14. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — December 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I love comfort food too! We use to have a great little sea food market here and they closed! Now I’ve got to go find some clams so that I can make this dish!

  15. #
    Martha@A Family Feast — December 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I’m drooling…totally drooling over this dish! Fantastic!

  16. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — December 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I wish I was at your house the day you made this! I’,m not a clam lover but with the fennel which I love and the wine, yes I will enjoy some o these thank you!

  17. #
    Amanda @ The Kitcheneer — December 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I have actually never tried clams! But this dish makes me want to change that! i think I need to have it made like this for me so I know what good clams are supposed to taste like! 🙂

  18. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — December 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Seafood can totally be comfort food if prepared right!! This is awesome! I can see why you loved it so much.

  19. #
    Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition — December 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    One of my favorite meals dining out is clams… this looks so easy to make at home!

  20. #
    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — December 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    You know I love ya…BUT had I been in your kitchen with you that day…I may have elbowed you outta the way to get at these beauties! 😉

  21. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — December 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I don’t think I understood the important of comfort food before living in Wisconsin. Now, I get it and absolutely love the sticks to your ribs and keeps you full for hours kinda food. Damn girl, this is freaking beautiful. . drunken clams and sausage . . leave me the entire loaf of crusty bread and consider me happy. oh my gawd, this looks so good.

  22. #
    Ginny McMeans — December 23, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Your broth is so rich and beautiful! Definitely comfort food!

  23. #
    Kate @ Diethood — December 23, 2014 at 12:35 am

    WHOA! That is beautiful. You always amaze me with all your delicious dinners.

  24. #
    Kim (Feed Me, SeymouR) — December 23, 2014 at 7:51 am

    This looks out of this world!

  25. #
    Bea — December 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    You are speaking my language ~ yes, clams and sausage combined for perfection!!! I think this will be our dinner tonight, just will have to use a non-dairy cream. Both my girls just discovered that they love steamer clams (yes, I am so excited) so this will be perfect and easy. Yay!

  26. #
    Cookin Canuck — December 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Man, do I ever love clams! I could happily eat helping after helping of this recipe.

  27. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — December 23, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I’m just going to tip the bowl right into my mouth ; )

  28. #
    Lauren@HealthyDelicious — December 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

    You don’t sound crazy at all – this looks so good!! There’s nothing better than a steamy bowl of shellfish and a giant hunk of crusty bread.

  29. #
    Joanne — December 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Clams have never made me feel like they’re comfort food either…until now! Ooo to dunk a piece of bread in that broth!

  30. #
    Coleen @ The Redhead Baker — January 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    For some reason, I’ve always been nervous to cook with raw clams in the shell. But I love every single thing about this dish! I need to get over that fear ASAP!


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