Retro? I don't know about that. Maybe, maybe not. This is the word my husband used to describe this dip. He said, "it is kind of like green goddess dressing used to be. You could get it at all the supper clubs or everyone made it". I agreed, simply because I had nothing to come back with.
It is so different for him growing up all over the world, ending up on near the South Jersey shore, where his parents were from and met. Then there is me who grew up in a town of 2,000 people, no stop lights, not even ONE, many streets didn't even have stop signs! Seafood was not the specialty of the region and I don't think I tried my first seafood until I was probably 28 or so. In our supper clubs, we had, salad yes, clam dip, no. Now if you want to discuss beef tongue, I can be an active participant! (heaving)
Anyway my husband asked me to make him some clam dip. We actually did it together since I won't do anything but touch a clam, cook a clam and serve a clam, so I needed taste testing, and I needed a pro! It is so funny how he reacts when I hit something right on, that triggers his memories and his tummy. Cute, cute, cute, cute, etc........
Expect another clam recipe soon, we did a couple with clams this day. I wish I could find affordable fresh clams, and I can get "fresh" clam, but for the low, low price of my right arm. We used canned, if you wish and have access to affordable fresh, by all means DO IT!!!
Here we go!
1/4 cup Hellman's
16 oz. sour cream
2 tsp. parsley
2 6.5 oz. cans of minced clams (drain juice but save it)
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Worcestershire
1/4 tsp. lemon juice
Approx. 1 T. clam juice
This couldn't be easier Ready? Mix all ingredients together, leaving the clam JUICE for the very last addition. You may not need the entire tablespoon, it simply depends on the consistency you want from your dip. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate at least 3 hours, over night is best by far!
You can reserve a few clams to put on top. With everything mixed in, it is hard to tell exactly what it is. Make sure people know the goodness inside and sprinkle a few on top!
Enjoy this throw back from my husbands childhood. He loved it, and it made his heart happy. THAT my friends, is a win, win situation!