Preheat the oven to 450℉ (230℃).
In a hot sauté pan, render the tasso for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat. Add the bread crumbs, Essence and cheese to the rendered tasso, mix thoroughly. Season the clams with salt and pepper. Top each clam with 1 tablespoon tasso crust. Place the clams on a baking sheet and bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.