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Retro Clam Dip

Picture this, the decade is the 50’s in New York, a Sheath dress, topped with a cropped bolero jacket was the fashion among younger women, and TVs had dials, not remotes, radio shows were popular. Many fans tuned into the New York’s, Kraft Music Hall show, where on one fateful night, the show would air a recipe for “Clam Dip” within 24 hours that recipe would cause stores everywhere in the listening distance to a sellout of tins of clams. Can you believe it?

This simple recipe for Clam Dip was once a famous dip served with either salty Ruffle chips or veggies at some of the swankiest parties you can think of from the ’50s, up till it managed to die off sometime during the ’70s. The original Clam Dip recipe from the Kraft Music Hall show was made with simple ingredients such as minced canned clams, cream cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper.

 

Retro Clam DipToday, I decided to bring a Sexy little back, have a little fun, and enjoy a recipe that was so popular at one time they made mass quantities of manufactured Clam Dip to sell at local markets around the country. I don’t know about you, but when a recipe becomes a hit that big with people for 20 years, I need to try it out with the family and friends immediately to see what all the fuss was over back in the day.

I have to be honest, I’ve never purchased a tin of clams in my life before the other day, we always make freshly steamed claims when recipes call for claims. However, I felt the need to replicate the recipe as much as possible to form an honest opinion on this retro recipe. So down the Tuna fish and tinned meat aisle, I headed in my local market. There were only two brands to choose from, so I crossed my fingers as I made my decision picking up two tins of clams, humming Justin Timberlake’s song “Sexy Back.”

 

 

 

 

Retro Clam DipOrganic Veggies of all types were going to be drowned in this Retro Clam Dip, so of course, I picked up organic rainbow carrots, grape tomatoes, spring onions, radishes, celery, and so forth. Heck for shits and giggles, I even bought some kettle chips to dip in this Retro concoction. I know, I know Ruffles were what they used back in the day, please forgive me for my Kettle Chip fetish, I can’t help myself.

After picking up my shopping list I headed home to whip up a batch of this Clam Dip, I won’t lie I made a few changes, just small ones to add a bit more Southern character and flavor to the Clam Dip I surprised my significant other and a few close friends with tonight. You will find that the additions will be marked optional in the recipe card below in case you’d instead not add additional ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

Retro Clam Dip
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5 from 6 votes

Retro Clam Dip

This simple recipe for Clam Dip was once a popular dip served with either salty Ruffle chips or veggies at some of the swankiest parties you can think of from the 50’s up till it managed to die off sometime during the ’70s.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Resting time1 hr
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: clam, Clam Dip
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 124kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1-8- ounce Can minced clams, drained, 1/4 of clam juice reserved
  • 1-8- ounce Cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup Finely chopped parsley optional
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash Hot sauce optional
  • ½ teaspoon Cajun Seasoning optional
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine diced clams, softened cream cheese, chopped parsley, fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, a dash of hot sauce, Cajun Seasoning, and pepper to taste, stirring until well blended. Add the reserved clam juice to reach desired consistency.
  • place in a plastic lidded container; refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Notes

Fresh steam claims may be added to replace the tinned clams.
The Parsley may be omitted as it was not used in the original recipe
The Cajun seasoning may be replaced with salt if desired.
Adapted from Kraft Music Hall Show Clam Dip Recipe

Nutrition

Serving: 01 | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

 

 

 

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This simple recipe for Clam Dip was once a popular dip served with either salty Ruffle chips or veggies at some of the swankiest parties you can think of from the '50s, up till it managed to die off sometime during the '70s. The original Clam Dip recipe from the Kraft Music Hall show was made with simple ingredients such as minced canned clams, cream cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper.

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    April
    January 20, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Clam Dip was a staple at every party and family gathering we ever had growing up in the 60s. Since there was no internet to contradict, we grew up thinking it was a “Family” recipe!
    My dad was the master of this recipe.
    Thank you for sharing this!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 21, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Good morning, So glad you enjoyed the clam dip. I think we all grew up thinking the same.

  • Reply
    Demeter | Beaming Baker
    February 19, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Yum, nothing quite like sinking some fresh veggies into some dip! Such a fun classic recipe!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      February 20, 2018 at 6:12 am

      Good Morning, thanks for stopping by with sweet comments.

  • Reply
    Carlee
    February 19, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Oh my goodness! Clam dip is still a holiday staple in our family. It comes out at all of our big extended family gatherings. Yours looks great!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      February 20, 2018 at 6:14 am

      Hey there, Carlee, definitely will out at our house on the holidays too after making it. Thanks for dropping by.

  • Reply
    Bintu (@recipespantry)
    February 19, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I’ve never tried clam dip before but I definitely feel like I should – yours looks incredible!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      February 20, 2018 at 6:17 am

      Thank you, I hope you enjoy it. Have a wonderful day and thank you for coming by the blog.

  • Reply
    Linda Nortje
    February 19, 2018 at 7:19 am

    I love recipes from the 50’s and earlier ! Lol… unbelievable that the stores sold out their clams within 24 hours ! Will try your recipe soon 🙂

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      February 20, 2018 at 6:16 am

      Morning, Linda, you have to love vintage and retro recipes…just good fun! Thanks for being here.

  • Reply
    shashi at savory spin
    February 19, 2018 at 6:42 am

    You brought a WHOLE LOTTA Sexy back with this classic! Wow – it sounds delicious – perfect with chips for sure!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      February 20, 2018 at 6:14 am

      Ha Ha, that song was stuck in my head all day lol!!!

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