Even though the Denver Broncos didn’t win the play-off game last Saturday, we remain proud and excited about their success this season. There is still more football to come over the next few weeks and Dad’s clam dip is perfect for game day. The recipe is a favorite from my childhood, and as kids would always go crazy for this grown-up dip. My Dad was usually the one who whipped it up and he tells me the recipe came from some long-ago friends back in Boston. The ingredients are simple with a can of chopped clams, mayonnaise, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, a touch of fresh garlic and some salt and pepper. It is unique and full of rich flavor from the clams and mayonnaise – a nice treat to go along with a cold beer and a good football game. My favorite chips are Ruffles because the ridges help hold on to the chunks of clams waiting to be scooped up. I hope Dad approves of my recipe interpretation!
Eat well and share the love!
Dad’s Clam Dip
Recipe: Melissa Schenker/Foodie for Two
Serves two foodies
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sour cream
1 can (6.5 oz.) chopped clams (drain and reserve juice)
2 teaspoons clam juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ of a small clove of garlic, grated or finely diced
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch of fresh-cracked pepper
Ruffles potato chips
Directions: Add all ingredients (except the chips) to a bowl and mix well. If dip is too thick, add more clam juice to thin out.
Dip can be made up to two days ahead; store covered in the refrigerator. Recipe is easily doubled or tripled for larger crowds.
Serve with potato chips and your favorite beer.
- Transfer leftover clam juice to a small jar and freeze (up to three months) for later use
Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law, Ron Johns! Cheers to a wonderful celebration filled with good food and wine. M
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because it’s a celebration centered on food, traditions (history) and gatherings around the dining room table. I am grateful for many things this season, especially all the readers who follow my blog. I still haven’t run out of things to share with you and I always love to hear how my posts inspired you in some way. Tomorrow the house will be filled with heart-warming smells and there will be plenty of food on the table where we can catch up with loved ones and share in a few heartfelt toasts. And the next day the refrigerator will be full of delectable leftovers, so here’s a refreshing idea for a simple sandwich (based on a sandwich from Baggin’s in Tucson) to enjoy for lunch over the Thanksgiving weekend. The sandwiches have been our favorite for years and we look forward to them almost as much as we do the dinner!
They are made from some of the best of the leftovers. There’s no typed recipe today, so here are the directions: slice and toast a Kaiser roll and dress both sides with some mayonnaise, then layer with some cranberry sauce, warm stuffing (with sausage, of course), turkey slices, chopped romaine lettuce and finish it off with the top bun. There are so many flavors in each bite, it’s creamy, sweet and tart, rich and savory and has a nice crunch from the lettuce. You’ll want to have some lettuce and your favorite rolls on hand so you can use up your leftovers in a new way! Have a wonderful celebration and be sure to tell the person who is next to you how special they are, Happy Thanksgiving!
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