Clam Cheese DipEstimated Cost:  $6.00

Prep Time:  10 minutes

Refrigeration Time:  2 hours

Serves:  8

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.

Mike’s comment:

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:

http://www.yalescientific.org/2011/04/is-msg-bad-for-you/

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