Reese Family Clam Dip

"This is an ABSOLUTE MUST in our family...We can't have Christmas or Thanksgiving without this! The taste is truly awesome, and at every family gathering you would find countless brothers-in-law and their offspring "guarding the chip dip table" and in most cases "secretly hording" it for themselves! LOL! My sister, Shelly, has become "The Official Maker of The Dip" in our family, ever since Mom died...You can trust Shelly!!! Try this, you will not be sorry --- except if you don't make enough!"
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
2 Cups




  • Peel and halve garlic clove, and rub on interior wall of serving bowl. (This seems like an unimportant step -- but my Mom used to swear that this one step made all the difference -- We don't question Jolean. You shouldn't either -- ). Mince the rest of the garlic clove to add to the other ingredients.
  • Leave cream cheese in bowl until it has reached room temperature. (Don't nuke it -- let it rest and thaw on it's own --) Then cream with a fork until smooth.
  • Gradually add remaining ingredients (except minced clams), blending well. (Use a hand mixer to get the lumps out, if any.).
  • Fold in minced clams last. Blend well --.
  • Chill for 1 hour, sprinkle paprika on top and serve with rippled potato chips.
  • YUM!

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  1. I made it tonight for tomorrow I had to make another batch for tomorrow our sampling got a little carried away
  2. Yup, it's good. It's real good. And easy. I've made this quite often since finding the recipe and it doesn't last long at our house (and I always make double the recipe). It's great as is, but I sometimes add some sour cream just to make it a little less thick. And, if you let it sit in the fridge overnight, it's even better the next day. But, getting my husband to leave it alone that long is the biggest challenge when making this.
  3. Quite simply the perfect dip. This stuff is dreamy. It's just so simple and you can always have ingredients on hand to slap together for unplanned guests. The best part? Everyone will think it's something new, even though it goes back to the 50's. The first time you make leave nothing out--it's cheap/easy enough that if you don't like it, no big loss of time or money. I've had it without the garlic it's good, and with lime instead of lemon, it's good too. Hard to go wrong with it but start with the original before decide to make changes.
  4. Most of my family is from New England so clam dip is something I am used to, maybe that is why some people weren't into it. I had bought a small box of canned clam dip at Costco on a whim and wanted to use some of it up. I made this for a party thinking it wouldn't be that popular, but people were asking me all night what it was and how to make it. Definitely will be making this quick and easy dip again!
  5. This was a great clam dip. Just a tad bit too much lemon juice but other than that it was perfect. It went way too fast so next time I'll double it. I really liked the garlic idea. It popped it right over the top! Thanks for sharing.


Editor's Note: Sadly Stacky5 passed away on Monday, October 20, 2008. Hi! My name is Stacy, and I'm a single Mom who works full-time with 4 kids ranging from ages 9 to 21, a brand new granddaughter named Faith, and a cat named Pubert (we call him Pube) who is also my kid... That's his photo as my icon. Oh, and a new kitten that the kids named "KeeKee" but who I call Little Kitteh. I love them with all my heart! Even though I don't have my parents anymore, their presence is always felt and their love has resonated in my life, even after all this time. You'll find a lot of my posted recipes that refer to "Jolean" --- and that's my Mom. :) I sure do miss her... I love music, especially 70's music, cats, incense & lavalights, candles, and I love to play guitar. I've been called an old "hippie chick," and I don't mind that label in the least. I also love to try other people's recipes and find ones that remind me of my Mother, and those precious memories that I had growing up in a household with such a wonderfully comforting cook...I work full-time in a real estate office as an office administrator. I came to this site looking for recipes that were tried and true. I stayed at this site because I found people who were kind, loving, caring and shared the same interest that I do --- food and cooking. I've saved a lifetime of recipes and learned so much about cooking and ingredients that I actually feel proud of my cooking. I bet my Mom looks down on me with pride every time I cook a new recipe from RecipeZaar, and I bet my Dad cracks up every time he sees me photographing what I've cooked! My daughters have actually gotten into the act, too, and are quite versed in searching for recipes and answers here on Zaar. Makes me proud to be their Mom. RecipeZaar isn't just a "website." It's a lifestyle. And some of the friends I've made here are LIFELONG friends to me --- and in my estimation, those types of people are a rare thing to find in this world. :) P.S. Pube says, "Hello everybody!" ;) <img src="" alt="Image hosted by"> <img src="" alt="Image hosted by"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src=""> <img src=""> <a href="¤t=craftykookaburras.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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