Prep Time: 10 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 2 hours
I stumbled across this super-easy and equally affordable dip in one of my Mom’s oldest cookbooks. With a ripped off cover, and spiral bound pages half torn, out it’s still one of her favorites. “Betty Crocker’s Guide to Easy Entertaining: How to Have Guests – And Enjoy Them” ©1959. I love the title, it’s so Hanibal Lecter. Scores HIGH on the munchies leaderboard.
1 can (6.5 oz.) minced clams, drained
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. MSG OR Old Bay Seasoning OR garlic powder
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
1. In a medium-sized bowl mix all ingredients. Chill for 2 hours (up to overnight). Serve with your favorite chips, Fritos, Dorritos, etc.
Elegant enough for guests, tasty enough for game night – this simple recipe from the late 50’s is timeless.
The original recipe called for “flavor extender” which I had to Google. It turns out that’s what they called MSG back in that era. MSG gets a bad rap, mostly from culinary urban legend. It’s no more dangerous then salt. Here is an interesting article about MSG if you are interested: