By Karin Calloway

Karin Calloway is a working mom living in Augusta, Ga., with multiple freelance jobs and a ton of dirty dishes.

Hot Clam Dip

Some people keep a stash of cash for emergencies. I keep a stash of pantry and refrigerator staples for unexpected guests. With a can or two of clams in my pantry, and some cream cheese, mayo and sour cream in my fridge, I can whip up an "emergency" hors d’oeuvre in no time.

My favorite Hot Clam Dip comes together in a snap, and is delicious spread over crackers or served with pita, bagel or even rippled potato chips for dipping. The recipe gets a kick from some prepared horseradish, fresh garlic, Worcestershire and a dash or hot pepper sauce. Keep the ingredients on hand, because spur-of-the-moment entertaining is always the most fun!

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • Hot pepper sauce, to taste
  • 1 10.5-ounce can minced clams, drained
  • Crackers, pita chips, bagel chips or rippled potato chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together all ingredients except clams until well blended. Fold in clams and pour into a baking dish. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until bubbly. Serve with crackers or chips.

Makes 12 hors d’oeuvre servings.