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Clam Bake Dip

This is a baked appetizer I brought to our friends home on Saturday night.  I don't like canned products normally but I like to keep a few cans of the Snow's Minced Clams handy instead of buying fresh clams for this recipe.  It helps cut the prepping time down and the result...  a quick and tasty Clam Bake Dip everyone can enjoy.  If you want to make this dip a little spicier (great idea Kim!), I'd recommend trying a few drops of some Cholula Hot Sauce.  Thanks Dee and Eric for another great night!  You guys are the best!

Prep time:  15 minutes
Cooking time:  20 minutes
Yield:  8-10 people

4 cans minced clams with juice
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 stick unsalted butter
1 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce (or Cholula Hot Sauce)
2-1/4 cups panko bread crumbs (Italian Style or you can use plain)
(Note:  if you use regular bread crumbs you only need 1-1/2 cups)
1 tablespoon oregano
1/3 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, plus enough to sprinkle on top prior to baking

Preheat oven to 375°F. Melt butter in a large skillet and saute onions until soft.  Add garlic and saute for another two minutes.  Add clams with the clam juice, oregano, black pepper, and lemon juice.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Turn off heat.  Add bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and hot sauce.  Stir until all ingredients are combined and the juice is completely absorbed by the bread crumbs.

Spray a large pie dish or casserole dish with cooking spray.  Pour mixture into dish. Top with Parmesan cheese and paprika.  Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes.  Serve hot with crackers.


  1. I think I'm going to have a craving attack looking at your fantastic photos and recipe !! thanks for sharing

  2. LOL! that's how i feel when I look at pictures of food i love! thank you! you've left a smile on my face. craving is such a fitting word with me!

  3. That looks so good! Your blog is beautiful :)

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  5. I really want to just dig right in, very nice recipe. Going to have to look for those canned clams, have never had luck with canned before.

  6. Gracias Ben! :-)

  7. Hello Vincent. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comments. I'm happy to hear you like my blog and I did add my site to your blog. I'm about to go check it out now.... thanks again.

  8. Beautiful photos! This is one delicious dip.I followed you from the foodie blog roll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this clam dip widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for baked clam dip,Thanks!

  9. Truly appetizing! I never knew that we can use clams in baking. I'll ask my wife to try this one for our kids.

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  10. Hi Sam.... I think you will all enjoy it! Let me know what you think!