Saturday, December 31, 2011

Clam Dip

Cheap Eat Challenge, Part 2: Watch as our family of 6 eats on less than $10/day. (We're almost done... stay tuned; I'll have a full report come Monday.)

Just grabbing a few minutes.

This is a Pace family tradition. It happens to be a Thanksgiving tradition (which always seems funny to me, but actually makes perfect sense because you're kind of hungry at lunch time, but the big meal won't be ready for a couple hours still; the Paces eat this to solve that dilemma). But that's not the point; they point is that it'd work well for the new year too.

I must warn you, however, that's it's mostly a throw this in and throw that in kind of a gig. Don't worry; you can do it.

Clam Dip
Makes a bowl full (how's that for precise? wait till you see the recipe)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cost: $2.00
(cream cheese: .99, clams: 1.00?)

1 block cream cheese softened
1 can clams (chopped or minced), drain the juice but reserve some of it
lemon juice
garlic salt
Worcestershire sauce

Beat cream cheese till smooth and creamy. Add chopped or minced clams and mix those in. Now you're going to splash in a bit of the clam juice--let's start with 1/2 Tbsp and see how it goes for you.

Then splash in some lemon juice (try another 1/2 Tbsp). Then put in a bit of garlic salt (start with 1/4-1/2 tsp of that).

Then splash in some Worcestershire sauce. Go for 1/2 Tbsp of that to begin with too.

Now taste your dip. Does it need more fishy, lemony kick or more savory Worcestershire or a bit of garlic or salt. Adjust your seasonings and use it as a dip for crackers or veggies tonight.


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