(Another encore post)
Who knew? One of the best dishes I made this year was a simple pot of white Cellini runner beans and clams. You could use any white runner like Runner Cannellini or even Emergo. Cook them in a simple mirepoix and once cooked, add some chopped tomatoes, a little chorizo, and some parsley. After the flavors are happy and carefree, add fresh clams. Cook until they open. Of course throw out any bad ones that stay closed and refuse to indulge in this glorious mess of a dish.
I think this would be a great meal for Christmas Eve. You could also improvise and add some chiles for a kick.