Every party needs a cream cheese-based dip. Especially one that is loaded with cheese, clams, and served warm. Cheesy Boston clam dip. A party-ready appetizer recipe that is cheap and easy to make!

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About The Recipe: Cheesy Boston Clam Dip

Spotlight certainly isn’t a movie about food. But it takes place in one of America’s great food cities: Boston.

When I was trying to come up for an appropriate recipe, I went through a mental list of possible food items: Boston cream pie, Boston baked beans, Boston clam chowder… and finally settled on a recipe that every party needs: A cream cheese dip. With a Boston spin.

This cheesy clam dip takes just a few minutes to mix up. It’s a very affordable appetizer, as I opted to use canned clams. But you could certainly substitute fresh clams if you happen to live in Boston (jealous!) or have access to fresh clams.

The crunchy, buttery topping makes the dip, in my opinion. Don’t skip it!

Ingredients to make cheesy Boston clam dip. Click through for recipe!

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Quick & easy Boston clam dip recipe. Click through for recipe.

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Cheesy Boston clam dip. A party-ready appetizer recipe that is cheap and easy to make!

Cheesy Boston Clam Dip

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Want an extra clammy dip? Use two 6.5-ounce cans of clams instead of one. A can of clams costs right around $2.00.


  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 can minced clams (6.5 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 Ritz crackers
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Drain clams and reserve liquid.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, clams, 1 tablespoon clam juice, Parmesan cheese, red pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay Seasoning, and garlic powder. Place mixture in a small ovenproof bowl or glass baking dish.
  3. Crumble Ritz crackers and mix with melted butter. Place on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, until cream cheese mixture is bubbly and crackers are golden brown. Serve hot with crackers and vegetables.

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