Clam Dip

Oct 25 049

Father's Day is coming up this weekend and clam dip always makes me think of my father. He used to love to eat clam dip with potato chips and beer on a Sunday afternoon while he watched football.

Yeah, back in the '60s and '70s, you could still buy healthy clam dip in containers at the grocery store. Just clams, sour cream, mayonnaise made with eggs and olive oil. This was before the Soybean Oil Revolution. The potato chips were probably also fried in beef tallow. McDonald's French fries were fried in tallow until 1983.

So even though my dad was eating junk food, actually, he wasn't. What's so bad about real foods like clams, sour cream, real mayonnaise, and potatoes fried in healthy grass-fed beef tallow? Nothing wrong with it at all. In fact, it's really good for you!

It's a damn shame we can't find this sort of thing at the supermarket today.

Maybe you can make this clam dip for your father or husband this weekend. Be sure to serve it with some healthy chips or crackers, and a frosty mug of beer or root beer. Then tell him he can relax, put his feet up and watch the game.

Recipe Notes:

If you can't eat the whole batch at once, this clam dip freezes well.

If you don't eat pork, omit the bacon.

Clam Dip

Difficulty: Easy
Serves: 4


Bacon, pastured or humanely-raised, nitrate-free (4 slices)
Sour cream, grass-fed, organic (3/4 cup)
Mayonnaise, homemade (3/4 cup) — click here for my homemade mayonnaise recipe
Lemon (1)
Worcestershire sauce, additive-free (1 tsp) — if you're on the GAPS diet, you can substitute homemade fermented fish sauce, or omit
Clams (2 cans, 6 1/2 oz each)
Scallions, medium (2)
Cayenne pepper, to taste — where to buy cayenne


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1. Fry bacon until crisp in a small skillet over medium heat, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper towel lined plate.
2. Whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce in a medium bowl.
3. Rinse the lemon and cut in half. Using a lemon reamer or fork, squeeze the juice into the bowl.
4. Open the cans of clams, drain and finely mince — or pulse in the food processor . Add the clams to the bowl.
5. Clean the scallions, and thinly slice. Add to the bowl.
6. Crumble the bacon into the bowl. Stir to combine all together.
7. Season to taste with sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Chill until flavors meld, about 1 hour (or up to 2 days).
8. Serve with raw dipping vegetables, crackers or healthy potato chips (fry your own with grass-fed beef tallow or lard, or buy a healthy brand fried in avocado or olive oil or lard).

Photo credit: EadaoinFlynn on Flickr

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27 thoughts on “Clam Dip

  1. Sometimes your recipes just strike me as something I have to have — and they have never failed me yet. I have to make this!

  2. I make my own goat cheese with raw milk from my Nubian goats. I don’t see how this recipe can miss with fresh chevre. I’ll try it tonight. The health benefits would be major.

  3. I don’t really love clam dip but this one sounds so amazing. MMM, traditional fats make things so good.

  4. Oh goodness, this sounds delicious! I will definitely give this recipe a try.

    AnnMarie! I finally got to try natto. It wasn’t bad at all. I guess I was expecting worse. 😉
    I bought several packs to keep in my freezer.

  5. Do you have any recommendations for brands of clams? Are any more sustainable than others? I know sometimes Ive had trouble finding clams wihtout MSG, but lately I get them at Trader Joe’s and they appear to be basicaly additive free.

    We love homemade chowder, so this will definitely have to be tried out! It might jsut rival my Mother in Law’s recipe for shrimp dip that includes canned shrimp, tomato soup, mayo and cream cheese.

  6. Thank you for the recipe. I love clam dip. I wish I feel safe buying canned clams. If you can find one without a chemical preservative it’s great, but a can without BPA? I think I’ll use fresh clams.

  7. This combines SO many of my favorite things! I’m going to have to make this. But I’m too greedy to share it with company – it’ll be mine, all mine!

  8. Clam dip and shrimp dip were always just for “special” occasions at our house ( in the sixties), and yet we had smoked fish all the time, usually with some thick rye bread and lots of butter. Always a great after school treat.
    But alas, there’s no football ( much less hockey or basketball) for Fathers Day, Ann Marie!

    1. Show’s you what I know about football!

      There’s got to be some game on, right? Baseball?

      By the way, on my first date with my husband, the moment I fell in love with him was when he said, “What I know about football you can fit in my little pinky.”

  9. kłam rozpowszechnionemu przekonaniu, jakby %Article_Title% nie docenili żadnego darmowe konto bankowe ludzkiego języka.

    Śmiały rycerz, pogromca smoków uśmiechnął
    się melancholijnie do młodej kramarki, która, nie mając kwia.

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