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Chef John's Clams Casino Dip Recipe
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How to Make Clams Casino Dip
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Chef John's Clams Casino Dip

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"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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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. 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.
  2. Pour in reserved clam juice and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Transfer vegetable mixture to plate to cool.
  3. 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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 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!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 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.


11 Ratings

Sep 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.

Jul 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!!

Aug 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.

Nov 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!

Nov 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.

Feb 24, 2014



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  • Calories
  • 549 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 113 mg
  • 38%
  • Fat
  • 41.4 g
  • 64%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 21.7 g
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 745 mg
  • 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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