We've waxed rhapsodic about the clam pie at Franny's on more than one occasion. We've even covered the recipe before. But the restaurant's new cookbook shows what good a few years of tweaking can do—here are their detailed instructions for rolling, topping, and baking the pizzeria's creamy, ocean-heavy pie in your very own kitchen.
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I have a habit of tossing huge pinches of red pepper flakes into all pasta dishes that cross my stove, so I was immediately drawn to the Bucatini Fra Diavolo in the new Franny's cookbook. Andrew Feinberg, Francine Stephens, and Melissa Clark's recipe takes this classically spicy tomato sauce and freshens it up with close to a full cup of fresh herbs.
I often forget that vegetables perform just as well as proteins in a marinade, taking on new, deeper flavors as they rest with the chosen dressing. In fact, mild greens like swiss chard often taste best when paired with sharp and tangy sauces. This marinated rainbow chard recipe from the Franny's cookbook is a perfect example.
Bitter dandelion greens are often too strong to eat raw—at least without some tamer leaves for balance. So I was curious how I'd like this dandelion Caesar from the new Franny's cookbook. Miraculously, the runny yolk, salty-rich anchovy dressing, and curlicues of Parmesan managed to rein in the bitter green for a bold, bright salad.
Fried vegetables make up a substantial chapter in the new Franny's cookbook. Rather than serving a plethora of deep fried cheese sticks and onion rings dipped in tomato sauce, Andrew Feinberg and Francine Stephens take a lighter approach. The thin batter puffs and turns a light golden-brown, leaving the zucchini tender throughout, yet still bright green within. Freshly ground black pepper, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and a squeeze of lemon are all they need as a finishing touch.
Franny's take on modern Italian begins with a great selection of appetizers including incredibly rich Chicken Liver Crostini. By adding capers, anchovies, rosemary, and sage to the browned livers the pâté takes on an incredible depth of flavor. And while the pâté could happily be spread on slices of rustic bread, at Franny's they up the ante by adding a smear of mayo and a crisp slice of pancetta.
The clam topping for this pizza is made by steaming clams in white wine, onions, garlic, and bay leaves. Normally cheese-less pizzas aren't my favorite but with this one, I didn't miss the mozzarella at all.