Have you ever been to a New England clambake? Not just a lobster boil or a barbeque, but a real clambake where lobsters and clams are steamed by seaweed sitting on very hot rocks. In case you haven’t been lucky enough to have the experience, here’s how it works:
First you dig a big pit.
Next you add some large rocks, about the size of a basketball, along the bottom of the pit. Then place wood on top of the rocks and start a fire. The idea is to heat up the rocks so they are very, very hot. This means the fire has to burn for several hours.
Meanwhile, soak the wooden baskets which will contain the lobsters so they won’t burn.
When the stones are good and hot, it’s time to start the cooking. Cover the entire pit with seaweed.
Add the live lobsters and steamers to the water soaked baskets and set them in the pit on top of the seaweed. Add potatoes or corn on the cob (in their husks) if desired, though in our experience, corn often takes on the flavor of the seaweed.
Cover the seaweed with one or two tarps to keep in the steam. And start counting.
According to our experts, it takes 47 minutes and 30 seconds to steam the lobsters.
Carefully, remove the tarps and uncover the baskets. The seafood is now ready to eat.
Be sure to serve the lobsters and steamers with melted butter, lemon, crackers and picks. Additional food items often include: potatoes, corn on the cob, clam chowder, corn bread, cole slaw or green salad. Serve with the beverage of your choice. For dessert, we like to follow our lobster with s’mores over a separate campfire (not over the pit!).