Some of the first things you learn while growing up on Cape Cod are how to put a lobster to sleep, harvest cranberries and razor clams, and the story of the quahog. A quahog is a large, hard-shelled clam found scattered among the beaches of Cape Cod. They can be used for “stuffies” and were also used as money when the Native American’s inhabited the Cape. The quahog’s interior shell pattern is a mix of bright dark purples and white creating a wampum shell that is now used in jewelry and home furnishings.
While visiting my hometown this week I’ve found myself scouring for quahogs along the bay but sadly have only found the leftover shells scattered along the beach. While I’m excited to use the wampum in different arts and crafts, my craving for a good Stuffie has been at an all time high. A Stuffie is a tradition here on Cape Cod, and many local restaurants take extreme pride in making them. They contain a mix of stuffing or homemade bread crumbs, linguica, chopped quahogs and a ton of herbs. I like to top mine with a squirt of lemon and on occasion some homemade tartar sauce.
One of my neighbors is a fifth generation clam digger and shared his recipe for the best Stuffie with me. Stuffies are fairly easy to make and can be served as an appetizer or a main meal. Pair them with a lobster dinner, some corn on the cob, and a handful of saltwater taffy at the end and you have the perfect Cape Cod meal.