New England Clambake

Old-time clambakes were a traditional extension to barn raisings and family reunions. The entire cooking process took hours to complete. However, in a pressure cooker this delicious clambake recipe is finished in less than 10 minutes.

1 1/2
cups water
bay leaf
tablespoon each fresh chopped herbs such as parsley, chive, oregano, thyme, chervil (substitute with 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs)
cloves garlic, slivered
Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
2 - 3
large red potatoes, washed and cut into quarters
medium onion, quartered
16 - 20
fresh/live littleneck clams, thoroughly rinsed
8- to 10-ounce cold water lobster tail (may substitute large shrimp, deveined, shells left on)
4 - 6
  jumbo sea scallops
  tablespoons butter, cut into thin slices
  ear corn-on-the-cob, cut into four 1 1/2-inch pieces
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  lemon for garnish

Pour water in 6-quart pressure cooker. Add bay leaf, herbs and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Add potatoes and onion. Add clams; spread them evenly. Split lobster tail in half (leave in shell), lightly season and lay over clams. Lightly season sea scallops and layer in cooker. Place thinly sliced butter over the top of the lobster and scallops. Add corn-on-the-cob pieces. Close cover securely. Place pressure regulator on vent pipe. COOK 4 MINUTES at 15 pounds pressure with pressure regulator rocking slowly. Cool cooker at once. Serve hot in large bowls with a lemon wedge.

Makes 4 servings