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Dinner Tonight: Clams with Sweet Potato Smoked Sausage and Watercress

In the Simple Fresh Southern cookbook the Lee brothers explain that this is one of those recipes that's "just way too easy to be this satisfying." They are completely right. There are really only six ingredients here (seven if you count water) but the dish feels miraculously complete. There are some variations available on the side of the page (you can add garlic and red pepper) but I was more than happy with this base version.

The clams, andouille, and sweet potatoes combine to create something that's fully flavored, a little spicy, and just barely sweet. I'm also particularly impressed with the watercress here. It's not even cooked; it's just added to the bowls, and only wilts when the broth is poured in at the end.

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