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Mom's Top of the Stairs Clam Dip

Source: Perfect Party Food
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  about 1 1/2 cups
My mom and dad entertained a lot during the course of my childhood. This dip is a taste from those evenings when the lights were low, the women wore cocktail dresses, and everyone drank martinis and Manhattans. Mom would make the dip in the morning, promising my brothers and me that we could have a small bowl of it with some potato chips if we stayed upstairs during the party. (It's also good with pita chips.) Years later, my daughter is serving this dip to rave reviews!
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
One 8-ounce can chopped clams, drained and juice reserved
1 clove garlic, mashed1 scallion (white and tender green parts), chopped
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
DIRECTIONS
In a medium-size bowl, beat together the cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of the reserved clam juice, and the garlic, scallion, mayonnaise, Worcestershire, and anchovy paste until smooth. Fold in the clams, stirring to blend.


Diva Do-Ahead: At this point, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 8 hours to let the flavors develop.


Remove the dip from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving. If it is a bit stiff, thin it with a little more of the clam juice or some milk, and garnish with parsley.


Excerpted from Perfect Party Food, by Diane Phillips. Copyright 2005, used by permission from The Harvard Common Press http://www.harvardcommonpress.com.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 03/12/2009
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Rating: 5
by: Bonnie, WA Reviewed: 06/09/2009
It's great
I have mad a clam dip almost like this for years and it always gets raves. Mine differs in that it does not use anchovie paste, but does have a dash of onion powder and garlic powder (NOT garlic or onion salt). Try it with potato chips or crackers it is great.
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