Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mozzarella Coated Clam Dip

This clam dip has been a family favorite for years. It is a mainstay at every family party we have. Once you give it a try, you will quickly understand why. The flavor of the clams mixed with the herbs creates a great balance, and the melted cheese on top, do I even need to explain how wonderful that part is. Try this once, and you will surely be making it time and time again.

Recipe yields 12-15 servings

4 cans chopped clams
1 stick of butter
1 small white onion
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp parsley
1 tbsp basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Ritz crackers, tortilla chips, or any other cracker of your choice

In a small saucepan, empty the contents of all 4 cans. Bring to boil and let boil for 5-8 minutes.

Add all herbs to a small bowl and stir to combine.

Chop white onion to a medium chop. In a saute pan, melt the butter and add the chopped onion. Saute until onion becomes translucent. Add herbs and let simmer for 3 minutes.

Empty the contents of both pans into a medium mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add breadcrumbs and stir. The mixture will become thicker.

Pour the mixture into a small casserole dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

When you are ready to serve, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove dish from refrigerator and cover the top with the shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake covered for 10 minutes. Remove covering, and bake for an additional 5-8 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove from oven and serve immediately. Contents will be hot so be careful. Serve with crackers or chips and enjoy!