Friday, November 5, 2010

Family Recipe Friday - 1950s/60s era Clam Dip

Do you have old photos taken back in the 1950s and early 1960s to sort through? This is the perfect snack for that trip down Memory Lane project! Or if you want to throw a Mad Men themed party LOL.

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Clam Dip was a staple to serve at any party. Every housewife had her own recipe for it tucked away in her recipe box. I have fond memories of my mother's older sister Marianne serving this in a chip and dip glass serving bowl set when we would visit. Of course, she would be wearing one of her fancy lacy "entertaining" aprons during these occasions.

Clam Dip
Yield: 1 Cup

1 6 ½ ounce can chopped clams
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
 Dash of hot sauce (optional)
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion salt
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley

Drain the clams and reserve the liquid. Place the cream cheese in a bowl, add the clams, the Worcestershire, lemon juice,  hot sauce (if desired), garlic powder and onion salt.  Blend well.  Gradually add the clam juice, a tablespoon or so at a time until the dip has a nice consistency.  Stir in the parsley.

Serve with crackers or potato chips.

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