Spicy Clam and Kale Appetizer

This Spicy Clam and Kale Appetizer is rich in flavor, full of clams, garlic, green chile tomatoes and kale.  It’s the perfect appetizer to share for two!

Who all loves Mystery Dish, raise your hand?  IMO, Mystery Dish brings the greatest things.

Spicy Clam Kale Appetizer | Inspiration KitchenI admit…this month’s list had me worried – they were a challenging list of ingredients!  🙂

Tell me – what recipe would you have made with this list?

Mystery Dish Ingredients – March

1. Clams
2. Ramen noodles
3. Blueberries
4. Heavy whipping cream
5. Chocolate chunks
6. Potato chips
7. Kale
8. Almond butter
9. Chiles
10. Orange juice

Some of these ingredients (hello, Kale!) I’d never experimented with in a recipe before.

Spicy Clam Kale Appetizer | Inspiration KitchenBut, you know that I’ve never been one to walk away from a challenge, so I did the only thing I could, I whipped out the apron and got to work.  🙂

As you know, I always fall on the side of savory – so I was nearly drawing a blank until I saw the chiles on the list…, then I knew I was home.  The only thing that scared me was the Kale. I have never experimented with it before. This was going to be interesting.

Silly me! Kale isn’t so scary…I whipped up this amazing Spicy Clam and Kale Appetizer that is so rich, decadent and savory, and it is just perfect for sharing!

As it turns out, we absolutely LOVED it!  The garlic, white wine, bacon and Rotel tomatoes with green chiles added just the perfect amount of heat.

Spicy Clam Kale Appetizer | Inspiration KitchenAnd, we love to incorporate clams into our rotation, because they are so different than the standard issue surf and turf.  And you all know how much I love my shrimpies, as evidenced by these recipes:  Sriracha Buttered Shrimp, Spicy Red Curry Shrimp and Shrimp Avocado Tostadas.  In fact, I have over 25 shrimp recipes on this blog!  Shrimp, much?  🙂

So, to get to use clams is a real treat!

You’ll want to serve this with either a nice chewy/crispy baguette bread, or if you prefer, a soft/tearable loaf so that you can soak up the amazing juices.  This is such a great dish for two – you’ll love it!

Spicy Clam Kale Appetizer | Inspiration KitchenCheck out what the other Mystery Dish gals made this month

Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies (Flavor The Moments)  http://flavorthemoments.com/flourless-almond-butter-chocolate-chunk-sandwich-cookies

Blueberry Frozen Custard Pops (Simply Gloria)  http://wp.me/p3aWu3-26g

Classy Ramen with Kale (The Pajama Chef)  http://wp.me/pZi0C-1Gg

Potato Chip Chocolate Chunk Cookies (I Dig Pinterest)  http://www.idigpinterest.com/2015/03/potato-chip-chocolate-chunk-cookies.html

Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Potato Chip Cookies (Chez CateyLou)  http://wp.me/p4c8PI-1R4

Blueberry French Toast Casserole (Yummy Healthy Easy)  http://www.yummyhealthyeasy.com/?p=7185


Spicy Clam and Kale Appetizer
  • 1 and ½ pounds savory clams
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon crushed chile peppers
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup clam juice
  • 3 to 4 slices bacon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup kale, chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce can) Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles

Spicy Clam and Kale Appetizer


  1. says

    These clams look so good Kristi….I love clams but my husband does not get close to it…so I just order when we are in restaurants…I love the touch of heat and the chopped kale…beautiful pictures…as always!
    Hope you are enjoying your week 🙂
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    • says

      Thank you Juliana! Such a high compliment! I don’t have clams very often, but when I do, I absolutely love them, so I can see why you order them when you’re out.

    • says

      Thanks Cate! Mystery Dish has totally opened my culinary mind to trying new things. 🙂 And, I was amazed at the cookies you came up with – they’re so creative! They sound amazing!

    • says

      Hahaha! I was thinking the same thing when I saw that list Lorraine. Thank goodness I was able to pull out a savory recipe that was amazing as an appetizer! xoxo

    • says

      I’m so glad you like it Johlene! You’d be so proud of me – I made a sweet recipe for Thursday’s post in honor of Easter. As I pressed the publish button on that sweet treat, I totally thought of you! xoxo

  2. says

    You did an awesome job with all the ingredients! I love ordering clams and mussels when we’re out but have never tried making any at home. I really love the kale and all the heat you added to these clams! They look perfect! I <3 this!

    • says

      Thanks Kelly! I was really pleased with the dish – I was so worried about those ingredients, but they turned out lovely together! 🙂 So, I’m glad you liked it!

    • says

      Hahaha! I thought so too Alyssa , but all is well that ends well, and it makes me a better cook, yes? There’s nothing like a good challenge. 🙂 Thanks for the compliments on the challenge. You should join us – it’s fun!


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