I have been wanting to share this recipe since I started Chez Us.  This clam dip recipe brings back so many childhood memories for me.  I am very happy to finally share it with you just in time for Superbowl.  I will be out of the country this year but am really hoping that the 49er’s finally made it.  Who are you cheering for?

Clam Dip

I was never a big football fan but when it came to the Superbowl, my sisters and I would get really into it.  I remember making a big batch of clam dip and sitting in front of the tv cheering some team on.  Even when I was a kid it was more about the food than the game.  Life definitely has not changed much since then.  These days whenever I hear someone talking about Clam Dip I am always taken back to those childhood memories and to be honest I still think our recipe is the best.  

I will admit it has changed a bit over the years.  I tend not to use sour cream now and instead reach for Cream Fraiche as I enjoy the big of tang that it adds.  Over the years I have tried other versions.  Some people like to add hot sauce as well as cheese;  but, I am a bit of a purist and keep it simple.  While it is okay to start noshing on the dip right away I prefer to let the flavors mingle for at least four hours if not overnight.  


Clam Dip

Clam Dip Recipe


8 ounces cream cheese – full fat – room temperature

8 ounces cream Fraiche

1 medium-sized garlic clove, finely minced

3 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

13 ounces chopped clams, drained

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

chives or parsley to garnish

How To:

Place cream cheese into a mixing bowl and cream until smooth.  Add the cream Fraiche, mix to combine;  about 1 minute. Add the garlic, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce and mix for 1 minute.  

Add the clams and mix to combine;  about 30 seconds.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I prefer to let the clam dip chill in the refrigerator at least 4 hours before serving.  The flavor is even better if you make the day before.

Serve with your favorite dipping items.


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