I don’t really make many appetizers on Thanksgiving — whats the point with all the amazing food that is served? But back in the “married” days, the ex’s family would pretty much eat from sunup, to sundown.
Everything you can think of was served — all sorts of pickles – sweet, and extra sour; 10-15 different types of olives; all sorts of hard aged meats, and cheeses; breads; and all sorts of savory dips.. you name it, and it was on the table.
One thing that everyone always seemed to like was a basic cream cheese based clam dip – simple and easy to put together. You can make this up to 2 days ahead without a problem.
There are several different types of minced clams on the market, and depending upon where you live, the availability will differ. I tend to use the brand pictured on the right – Doxsee Minced Clams, from the The Doxsee Sea Clam Co., but use what you have around.
Creamy Chilled Clam Dip
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams, drained
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoon chili sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese until smooth. Add in all the remaining ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours before serving, though it tastes even better if allowed to refrigerate at least overnight. You can, if necessary serve this right away.
Serve with crackers, or small, thin sliced breads.