Every time I come up with something that involved cheese and seafood, I feel compelled to make note of the fact that some people find this combo weird, and some even find it heretical.
I don’t. I find it amazing. Creamy, stretchy, savory cheese meeting up with briny, salty seafood. And in a hot dip no less?! C’mon, seriously – this is good stuff. This is great stuff.
This is the kind of dip I imagine you might get at an Old School Italian Seafood Restaurant. You know, For the Table.Tweet This
Gather round and let me tell you The Story of The Birth of The Clam Dip. Once upon a time I was working on a Clam Pizza recipe. In the process I found myself in possession of an extra pint of chopped super fresh clams, which I tucked into the freezer for future use. One day (isn’t this exciting, boys and girls?) I defrosted the clams, with the idea that I would make clam sauce for pasta.
But then (oh my god, this is the most boring story ever), I had a bag of shredded mozzarella, and some sliced scallions from a stir fry, and I thought what if, instead of a hot crab dip, I made a hot CLAM dip? The kind I imagine you might get at an Old School Italian Seafood Restaurant. You know, For the Table.
Which is the best way in the world of ordering something fattening and/or super indulgent and not having to own it all by yourself. Eg, “Let’s get some garlic bread, For The Table.” “Can we have an order of fries? For The Table?” “Shall we get an order of jalapeno poppers FOR THE TABLE?????”
That wonderful, useful darn table, the justification for so many wonderful orders.
Anyway, this is the kind of dip I would highly recommend making at home. For the Table. And because the clams are the star, do your very best to get fresh.
I usually serve dips with vegetables, but in this case I would recommend crackers. Buttery, innocuous crackers to be specific – save the fancy crackers for the cheese platter.
More Hot Dip Recipes:
Hot Cheesy Clam Dip
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1 cup thinly sliced scallions white and green parts
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Cajun spice blend
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese softened
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
- 1 pint chopped fresh clams drained and 1/4 cup juice reserved
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a-medium sized bowl combine the mozzarella, scallions, Worcestershire, Cajun spice blend, cream cheese and salt. Stir in the clams and reserved juice. Scrape it into a 1-quart shallow baking pan.
- Bake the dip for 20 to 25 minutes until hot and bubbly and lightly browned on top.
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