Everyone serves some kind of dip for Superbowl right?

I looked around at some clam dip recipes and they were all as easy as can be, basically just dump and stir. But, would you be willing to add two little steps, just two easy teensy weensy things? In my opinion, you’ll get more back than you put in, and your guests will know that you did more than just dump and stir.

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The extra steps are just frying up some bacon, and then frying some scallions in the bacon grease. You can do that blind-folded. Ok, maybe you should peek, but how about with one eye closed? The rest is still dump and stir. See, it really is that easy.

The dip is creamy and chunky, loaded with flavor, and versatile. If you want to be healthy-ish, serve it with celery. If you want it to be more filling, serve it with crusty sourdough bread. If you more fat (because sometimes you just do), have it with thick-cut chips. You can also serve it with all three and make everyone happy.

bacon clam dip in bread bowl

Bacon Clam Dip
~about 8 servings

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions + extra for garnish (optional)
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 (6.5 oz) cans chopped clams, drained with liquid reserved
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

Instructions -

1. Cook bacon as you normally would and remove to paper towel when they are crispy and golden. Fry 1/4 cup chopped scallions (should be on low flame) in the bacon grease for a few seconds.

bacon and scallions

2. Remove scallions to a bowl and set aside to cool. Crumble bacon once it has cooled.

scallions

3. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, crumbled bacon, cooled scallions, clams (without liquid), Worcestershire, and hot sauce. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons reserved clam juice to get to desired consistency.

making bacon clam dip

4. Cover and refrigerate until serving. (Can be made up to one day ahead.) Reserve and refrigerate some clam juice also in case you need to loosen before serving. Garnish with chopped scallion (if desired) and serve with celery and/or thick-cut chips and/or sourdough bread.

bacon clam dip

If you want to serve it in a bread bowl, just cut a circle in the center and pull out the insides.

cutting out bread bowl 2

Fill the bread bowl with dip.

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