Barbara’s Easy Party Clam Dip (recipe)

Every year I celebrate a Generic Christmas Party with women my Mom went to college with and knew in the salad-days of her 20’s. Since my Mom died a long time ago, these women provide loads of important things I need in my life – stability, wisdom, guidance, support and love. Oh, and food. Lots of food.

When I called this year to find out what to bring to the annual gathering, I found out two pieces of information. One, I was assigned an appetizer. And two, one of my Mom’s college friends died this past year. Sounds like she had had cancer for a while and the family was very quiet in their grief. Barbara was a friend of Mom’s from the residence hall on campus, where they all lived in together for all 4 years of school. Her parents “adopted” my Mom for school vacations and breaks, and I remember hearing good stories about Barbara’s family. In the last several years, I had come to know her as an adult at these once-yearly gatherings, and found her quiet and thoughtful with a quick wit.

Last year, Barbara had shared with me her super Easy Clam Dip, and I have decided that is what I should bring to the party, in her memory. It is delightfully easy to make and always served with Ruffles, to hold all the creamy cheesey clammy goodness. Hope you can share this with your friends and family this season!

Barbara’s Easy Party Clam Dip

Barbara notes you can use 2 cans of clams and 2 8-oz packages of cream cheese. But for more clam flavor, this is the preferred recipe:


  • 3 cans Snow’s minced (or chopped clams)
  • 2 8-oz packages cream cheese
  • 3-4 shakes Tabasco OR 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  1. The key is a light hand – use just enough clam liquid for dip consistency and Tabasco or lemon juice not to overwhelm clam flavor. If it should accidentally get too thin, add more cream cheese.
  2. Put one can clams with juice into stand mixer, along with one package cream cheese. Mix on LOW.
  3. Strain clams from remaining 2 cans, reserving clam juice. Add all clam meat to the bowl. Add remaining cream cheese in chunks. Add small amounts of clam juice as needed to blend into smooth consistency.
  4. Increase mixer speed to MEDIUM, and mix several minutes until smooth.
  5. Add Tabasco or lemon juice, and salt to taste.
  6. Serve with Ruffles chips or crackers. Can be made a day or two ahead, and kept covered in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

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Recipe by Gudrun Enger.
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