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Super Bowl Food Round-Up // Clam Dip Recipe // Menu Monday

Feb 06, 2012 06:48PM ● By Anonymous
We had just shy of 15 people over to watch the Giants and Patriots battle it out, and, of course, my main concern was feeding everyone appropriately. I did something a little different this time and wrote the menu on a chalkboard, though I'm not entirely sure anyone paid attention to it! 

We ended up running out to get two frozen pizzas at the last minute as well, because we had a couple more people attending than I planned on. Additionally, I had two neighbors contribute chili dip and guacamole, which were great additions. What's Up? Associate Editor Amy Russel brought over some delicious football-shaped Cake Pops, which were a lot of fun! At the end of the night, I only had a little bit of clam dip, some chili, and some guacamole left over, so it seems like we planned well. Oh, and beer -- we still have lots of a beer. I don't think that's much of a problem, though. 

Clam Dip Recipe

Over the next couple days, I'll be sharing recipes for all the dishes listed above. Let's start with the clam dip! Like most Marylanders, I've always been a crab dip dip girl. However, to honor the New England team in the Super Bowl (and because I wanted something different), I chose to make a clam dip for the first time. 

I'll admit, I was concerned. After all, this is Maryland, where crab reigns supreme. Plus, some people aren't as into clams as I am. However, everyone really liked it. Many people even commented that they don't like clams, but they liked the dip. I think that clams have a subtly, briny taste that's not easily placed -- but perfect when mixed with cream cheese and a handful of other ingredients. 

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 6.5-ounce cans clams, chopped, juice reserved
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Old Bay 
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste, if you like it spicy)
Salt and pepper to taste
Potato chips and raw veggies for dipping

Combine the cream cheese and mayonnaise in a stand mixer, mixing thoroughly. Add the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and spices. 

Drain the clams, reserving three-fourths of a cup of juice. Add the clam juice a little bit at a time, tasting after each time you add it. The juice will add a subtle saltiness -- you could call it the flavor of the ocean -- but you don't want it to to overpower the taste. I ended adding just shy of half a cup to mine. 

Chop the clams coarsely, and then fold them in. Transfer the dip to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for two hours. Serve with potato chips and raw vegetables. 

Menu Monday
Our weekly round-up of what's gracing my dinner table this week, though I haven't planned it down to the letter yet:

Main Dish: Stuffed Mushroom casserole (with sausage added)
Side Dish: Steamed broccoli

Main Dish: Ribs in spicy tomato sauce
Side Dish: Roasted or mashed turnips

Wednesday // From here on out, it gets fuzzy because I'll have to hit the grocery store. 
Main Dish: Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken. This dish seems kind of summery, but it's not like the weather we've been having screams winter comfort food.
Side Dish: Some sort of sauteed or roasted vegetable. 

Main Dish: Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese
Side Dish: Salad

Friday: Out with friends to Paladar! (Again. I seem to go there a lot!) 

Have a delicious week, everyone, and tell us in the comments what you're making for dinner!