Quahogs - Hard Clams
Quahogs, also known as hard clams are among the most popular types of American seafood. Two species of hard clams are found along the Atlantic Coast of North America, from Canada to Florida. The quahog clam is the official shellfish of Rhode Island.
Seafood stores classify hard clams corresponding to their different sizes. The smallest clams are called littlenecks. Topnecks and cherrystone clams are larger sizes. The largest clams are called quahogs or chowder clams.
Littlenecks and topnecks are served steamed. Cherrystone clams are served raw on a half-shell, with cocktail sauce or lemon slices, or used for clams casino. Hard clams are used in such dishes as clam chowder, stuffed clams, clam fritters and other meals.