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Calico Clams Casino Recipe
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Calico Clams Casino Recipe

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A few years ago, I came across this recipe in the back of my files when I was looking for a special appetizer. Everyone raved about it. Now it's often-requested dish. —Paula Sullivan, Barker, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons each finely chopped onion, celery and sweet red, yellow and green peppers
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Dash dried parsley flakes

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 165 calories, 12 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 383 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 9 g protein.


  1. Drain clams, reserving 2 tablespoons juice. In a large bowl, combine the clams and remaining ingredients; stir in the reserved clam juice. Spoon into greased 6-oz. custard cups or clamshell dishes; place on baking sheets.
  2. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Calico Clams Casino in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p36

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Reviewed May. 12, 2015

"Made this for mother's day they were absolutely delicious...I made some changes..I used a medium onion..a small red, green, and yellow pepper all finley chopped about 1 cup of bread crumbs and used asiago chesse..thxs for sharing"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"This recipe is a permanent part of my Christmas Eve seafood menu tradition, they are everything clams casino should be, everyone loves them. I double the recipe & use both scallop shells & ramekins as the vehicles. I double the amount of clams and use minced, chopped & whole baby clams. Sometimes I chop up a few fresh clams and mix them in. Using the whole clam gives it a deeper flavor. I use precooked bacon, it is dry & flat making it easy to chop. I make these weeks ahead & freeze unbaked on a tray. Once frozen you can stack them in a container-ready to be cooked up anytime. They look so pretty, great for parties and guests."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"Love this!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"I made this recipe last Christmas and am so glad I was able to find it again. No matter what style of Christmas food celebration we decide upon.... formal sit-down or casual fingerfood/appetizers.... this dish fits right in! Warm, rich & comforting.... this dish was raved on last year and was requested for this years!!"

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"This was so easy to make. I use chopped clams, not minced. I would definitely add another couple of cans to this recipe next time, however. I can't get enough clams."

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