This clam dip appetizer (which is technically a "spread" as I explain at the end of the video), contains the same basic ingredient list as traditional clams casino, and while it really tastes nothing like its hot namesake, I think any fan of the clam dip will be very happy with it.
You'll see a caption during the video saying to make the dip at least four hours ahead of time for best results. This time allows the flavors to develop and really makes a difference. What I failed to add was that you should also take the spread out of the fridge and let in sit out for an hour or so before the party, so it can warm up a bit.
By the way, if the setting looks a little unusual, that's because I'm back in New York's snowy Finger Lakes area visiting my mother, and filmed this at my Aunt Angela and Uncle Billy's home. Many of you have enjoyed Aunt Angela's cabbage rolls recipe, as well as Uncle Billy's famous Chicken D'Arduini and homemade pasta (and if you haven't, click on the links and check them out). Enjoy!
2 (6.5 ounce) cans minced clams, with juice
1 pound cream cheese
6-8 strips bacon
1/2 tablespoon butter
1 jalapeno, seeded, minced
1/2 cup small diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup small diced celery
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup minced green onions, save tops for garnish
hot sauce to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste