KD Finds: Lobster and Clam Bake
Summer is the season for clambakes! Set the scene for the ultimate beach party with our five favorite finds.
1. Rachael Ray Stock Pot with Lid
No way to get to the beach? All you need is a large pot, like this colorful one from Rachael Ray's line of cookware, to get started at home.
$40 for 12 qt. size; wayfair.com
2. Kim Seybert Al Fresco Lobster Bibs
Keep your shirts looking neat with these festive lobster bibs that are machine washable!
$138 for set of four; frontgate.com
3. Rope Handle Tray
This weathered tin tray with nautical jute rope accents bring the elements indoors!
4. Lobster Crackers
Crack open lobster and crab with these red enamel crackers, a necessary tool for any lobster clambake!
$7 each; fishseddy.com
5. Agrarian Stripe Table Runner
Made from super soft, organic cotton, this reversible runner brings a relaxed vibe to your dining table.
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Looking for the perfect seafood recipes? Read on to see our favorite recipes for clambakes and summer beach parties.
Clambake at Home with Three Sauces
Lobsters, clams, mussels, potatoes and corn star in this stovetop clambake. You can swap out melted butter with flavor-packed sauces like cocktail sauce or tartar sauce.
Get the recipe: Clambake at Home with Three Sauces
Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Garlic and Herbs
Add a little bit of butter to roasted garlic to create a rich, creamy spread for corn on the cob!
Get the recipe: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Garlic and Herbs
Clams Broiled with Lemon, Thyme and Parmesan
Highlight clams by cooking them in a little bit of water just long enough for them to open, then dress them delicately with a bit of lemon and white wine and a sprinkling of thyme and Parmesan just before broiling.
Get the recipe: Clams Broiled with Lemon, Thyme and Parmesan
To make this super-simple side dish, roast new potatoes until they're tender and then tosses them with a black-olive puree that coats them nicely—and looks a lot like dirt.
Get the recipe: Dirty Potatoes
Homemade Hot Buttery Lobster Roll
Make sure to use good mayo and serve your lobster in a toasted bun with lots of hot butter!
Get the recipe: Homemade Hot Buttery Lobster Roll
Apple Cole Slaw with Poppy Seed Dressing
This super easy apple cole slaw is the perfect side dish at your seafood cookout!
Get the recipe: Apple Cole Slaw with Poppy Seed Dressing
Bacon Mashed Potatoes
These bacon-studded chunky mashed potatoes are an irresistible side dish!
Get the recipe: Bacon Mashed Potatoes
Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Pie
This decadent dessert has got a little bit everything - brownie, ice cream sundae and pie - for everyone.
Get the recipe: Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Pie
We can't imagine summer without a clambake! It's widely believed that this New England tradition originated when the pilgrims learned from the Native Americans how to cook clams and other seafood in pits dug in the sand, and now this seafood feast has become a widespread practice across the country.
While cooking and eating the lobsters, steamers and mussels are best enjoyed outdoors, a clambake can also be done indoors with a heavy pot on the stovetop. Traditionally, a fire pit is lined with hot stones, wet seaweed gathered from the shore, and a variety of seafood with vegetables like potatoes and corn on the cob; then the pit is covered with a tarp to trap the heat and start the slow cooking process through steam.
Inspired by this American tradition, we've rounded up our favorite finds for a summer clambake! From stylish lobster bibs we wouldn't mind wearing at any meal time to trays with fun nautical touches, these five must-haves are perfect for any summer seafood festivities!
Check out the slideshow above to discover our five favorite finds for a lobster clambake!