Snow Ball Clam Dip
1 Large Round loaf of bread
2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese- softened
3 cans (6 ½ oz. each)- chopped clams- drained- Reserve ¼ cup liquid
2 Tablespoons grated onion
2 Tablespoons beer
2 Teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 Teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon hot-pepper sauce – or to taste
½ teaspoon salt
Raw Vegetables for dipping
With sharp knife cut top from bread- Hollow out loaf leaving 1-1/2” – 2” shell, cut removed bread into cubes and set aside.
In a large bowl beat cream cheese until smooth- stir in clams, the reserved clam liquid, onion, beer, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, pepper sauce and salt until well blended. On baking sheet make a cross with two sheets of foil each long enough to cover loaf. Center bread shell on foil. Pour clam mixture into shell, cover with bread top. Wrap with foil. Bake in pre-heated 350º oven for 3 hours for flavors to blend and clam mixture to get piping hot. For last couple minutes put bread cubes in oven – just to toast.
Remove from oven- remove bread top and serve on platter surrounded by toasted bread cubes and vegetables for dipping.
Bread shell can be torn apart and eaten.