This clam dip appetizer contains the same basic ingredient list as traditional clams casino, and while it really tastes nothing like its hot namesake, I think any fan of the clam dip will be very happy with it.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook and stir bacon with butter in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain bacon fat, set bacon aside, and place skillet back onto medium heat. Add jalapeno, red pepper, diced celery, garlic, and green onions; cook and stir until vegetables start to soften, about 3 minutes.

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  • Pour in reserved clam juice and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Transfer vegetable mixture to plate to cool.

  • Open second can of clams and drain juice, combine with reserved clams, cream cheese, bacon, cooled vegetables, juice from lemon, and freshly ground black pepper and hot sauce to taste. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with chopped bacon and green onion. Serve with crackers.

Nutrition Facts

549 calories; protein 21.7g; carbohydrates 22.4g; fat 41.4g; cholesterol 113mg; sodium 745.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2012
I just made this recipe for the second time last night and I would be remiss if I didn't rate it, especially since I was asked to make it again. Last time I made it was Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. The fact that it's cold kind of throws you but it's absolutely delicious. I have a 30 minute drive to the in-laws so I'm always looking for recipes that I don't have to reheat or that I can stick in a crock pot. This dip is perfect because I can make it ahead the night before, refrigerate overnight while the flavors meld, then get to the party, pull the saran wrap off, throw Triscuits on a plate and voila! My 11 year old son (who hates vegetables and clams) helped me make it last night. While he stirred the vegetables on the stove top, he said "this smells amazing!" When he tried the finished product, he said "this is the best thing I have ever tasted, and I don't just mean that because I helped!" Thanks Chef John!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2012
This was a lot of work for very little return. I made it the day before and thought that the flavor would meld over night however it was rather bland not very clammy and because it was made with all cream cheese it was very stiff and hard to get out of the bowl. I had to use a knife so that people could put it on very stiff french bread rounds. Anything less tough than the french bread rounds would just crumble. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2012
I just made this recipe for the second time last night and I would be remiss if I didn't rate it, especially since I was asked to make it again. Last time I made it was Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. The fact that it's cold kind of throws you but it's absolutely delicious. I have a 30 minute drive to the in-laws so I'm always looking for recipes that I don't have to reheat or that I can stick in a crock pot. This dip is perfect because I can make it ahead the night before, refrigerate overnight while the flavors meld, then get to the party, pull the saran wrap off, throw Triscuits on a plate and voila! My 11 year old son (who hates vegetables and clams) helped me make it last night. While he stirred the vegetables on the stove top, he said "this smells amazing!" When he tried the finished product, he said "this is the best thing I have ever tasted, and I don't just mean that because I helped!" Thanks Chef John!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2012
Most excellent! One of my all time favorite dishes ever. I could eat this daily. My whole family loved it too which was a downside since it disappeared too quickly. Prepared exactly as written. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2014
I brought this to our July 4th party and everyone raved about it. We used fresh caught hard shell clams which we steamed open and then minced. I cooked the veggies and then added in the clams and cooked for about 5 minutes. I then mixed the clams and veggies and cream cheese together with about a 1/2 cup of cheddar and then baked the whole thing in an 8x8 pan at 350 for 20 minutes. It was awesome!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2012
Everyone loved this dip. I think it could be served with hard breads veggies and other crackers. It was better the second day and even better the third. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2012
This was a lot of work for very little return. I made it the day before and thought that the flavor would meld over night however it was rather bland not very clammy and because it was made with all cream cheese it was very stiff and hard to get out of the bowl. I had to use a knife so that people could put it on very stiff french bread rounds. Anything less tough than the french bread rounds would just crumble. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2012
This was fantastic! I added a lot more peppers than the recipe called for and it made the dip "meatier" if that makes any sense. I left out the green onion and cooked with onion powder instead. This dip was popular with everyone at my dinner party but it is definitely a treat due to the amount of bacon fat and cream cheese. I would make it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2014
If you have not yet made this you really should. Delicious comfort spread/dip (if there is such a thing). Plus it seems easily to customize if you choose. Would make a nice gift for a dinner invitation. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/14/2016
The flavor of this dip was good (after I modified) but I could not taste a single bit of clam flavoring. I think the cream cheese and bacon overpowers the clams and clam juice. I added cayenne pepper and creole seasoning because it was so bland- despite the jalepeno. It was way too thick to dip out of a bowl- I had to spoon it into individual custard dishes for each person along with spreading knives. Disappointing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2015
this was excellent!!! tastes just like clams casino - Making again for Christmas! Read More
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