It’s National Potato Chip Day! Potato chips always get a really bad rap. And I just don’t always agree with it. I mean, most of the ingredient lists are really simple, containing very few, real ingredients. Yes, there is oil. But I’m really not scared of oil and a little fat. Especially if it is something really satisfying. :)

So today I want to share a recipe with you that is a family classic. It’s something we have EVERY Christmas (it really wouldn’t be Christmas without it) and always makes me think of my Grandma.  This is her recipe, passed down to me through my Mom and Aunt and now I’m here to share it with you.

Clam Dip

  • 2 – 8 oz packages reduced-fat cream cheese
  • juice from one lemon
  • 12 oz minced clams, reserve liquid
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • potato chips

Whip cream cheese with a fork until smooth and fluffy. *This is a very important step!

Add lemon juice and whip again until smooth.

Add minced clams, Worcestershire sauce and mix, adding reserved clam juice to taste.

Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour and serve with potato chips.



Don’t be scared. As bizarre as it sounds, I promise it’s tasty. Just don’t blame me when moderation goes out the window. It really is hard to stop. ;)

TERRA Chips would also like to send you some of their Blues Potato chips! (The clam dip is completely optional ;) ) TERRA Blues are grown at the La Joie Growers and have recently partnered with jetBlue – TERRA Blues will be served on every jetBlue flight! I like them because they are thick, crunchy and beautiful!  You can also enter to win a vacation to Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa here.

To win the chips – leave a comment below telling me your favorite kind of chips! (If you like me on FB, follow me on twitter or subscribe to my blog you can have additional entries, just let me know.)

I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday!

Disclosure: Terra Chips sent me product to review. Opinions are my own.


Edited to Add: Congrats to #8 – Janetha of Meals & Moves! Please send me your mailing address: [email protected]


35 Comments (Reply )

  1. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    sweet potato chips.


  2. Jen @ She said. She said.
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    homemade sweet potato chips are my favorite. followed by pita chips.


  3. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    I love the Fat Tire sneaking into the shot :)

    I’ve never tried Terra Chips!

    My favorite kind right how are the Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato chips — those are so delicious!


  4. Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    What a great national holiday to recognize! Happy chip day!


  5. Sarah Jayne
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    CLAM DIPPPPP!! The best! An entertaining staple for me too!

    Favorite chips are definitely jalapeno kettle chips. I would eat them if i could!!


    • Emily
      Mar 15, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that someone else has heard of it!!!


  6. Mo
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Mmmm…sweet potato chips.

    I have a can of clams in the pantry that is begging to be made into this clam dip!


  7. Megan
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    favorite healthier chips=kale favorite unhealthy chips=salt and vinegar! yum


  8. janetha @ meals and moves
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Things I love:

    1. National food holidays
    2. Clam dip
    3. Chips
    4. You

    Thanks for the coupons!!

    Oh and do you know of a Worcestershire sauce that doesn’t have HFCS in it? I have been looking for one.



    • janetha @ meals and moves
      Mar 14, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

      P.S. Asking me my favorite chip is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. I love them all.


  9. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    Favorite chip . . . that IS a hard one! I think mine would be a three-way tie between Kettle salt and vinegar chips, (um, or Spicy Thai — those are awesome, too!), Whole Grain Milling Co. tortilla chips, and the mixed veggie chips from Terra.

    OK. I think I have to walk to Mississippi Market during my break! (Drat you, chips calling my name from four blocks away!)


  10. Sarah @ OneLoveSarah
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    ooh I love terra chips, and sweet potato chips and well anything with flax in it


  11. Tori
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    Sweet potato chips and just loved today’s blog with clam dip and a picture of my parents! Just great, Emily!!


  12. Erica Best
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    i love the Kettle honey mustard chips


  13. Erica Best
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    fan on fb name erica best


  14. Erica Best
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    im following u @purplelover04


  15. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Yum, I love all kinds of Terra chips!! I think my favorite chips are probably tortilla chips- especially the really thin ones straight out of the fryer from a Mexican restaurant. Yumm…. :)


  16. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Oh and you already know I follow you on Twitter. ;)


  17. sarah (sarah learns)
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    mmm, my favorite kind of chips are the veggie chips from trader joe’s. very close behind them are sweet potato chips! :)


  18. sarah (sarah learns)
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    i follow you on twitter already! :) (@learningsarah)


  19. sarah (sarah learns)
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    i already subscribe to your blog in my reader!


  20. sarah (sarah learns)
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

    and now i like you on facebook too!


  21. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    Hmmmm, that dip sounds, um, different but then again I’m a fan of anything cream cheese based so I’m sure it’s delish :)

    My favorite chip is salt n vinegar Kettle Brand!


  22. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    I’m equal opportunity with chips but if I had to pick a favorite off the top of my head it would be Kettle Brand Salt N Vinegar!


  23. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    I love clam dip! So delish. I love potato chips of any kind. My husband actually makes really fantastic ones (though he’s not allowed to use the mandolin anymore…)


  24. Katie@Real Food Katie's Way
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    POP Chips! I love love love pop chips!


  25. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    Those Best Life Flax ones are my favorite! :D



  26. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    I’m subcribed by email! :D



  27. Mkat
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    I love Cape Cod potato chips. Original. So good.

    I love the picture of your grandparents, my Aunt and Uncle. RIP. They sure could put on a good Thanksgiving….best childhood memories!


  28. Sam
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    Kettle brand crinkle cut classic barbeque!


  29. Marnie
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    I made this yesterday and loved it! Thanks Emily!


    • Emily
      Mar 15, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

      Glad to hear that Marnie! Richie likes it too and enjoyed having it sometime other than December!


  30. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    I like good ol’ tortilla chips. So perfectly salty, crunchy and simple. I had some tonight with dinner actually.


  31. [email protected]
    Mar 16, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    I like salty chips. Yum. I follow you on Twitter already (@CarrieSinCA)


  32. Amanda
    Mar 16, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    I loove Tim’s Cascade. Can’t get them in new york very often though :(


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