I've been waiting to share this recipe with you—crab dip is one of my all-time favorite foods! It's a little retro but my goodness is it a crowd-pleaser. I like mine with lots of crab and hot sauce—to cut through the creaminess—and plenty of Old Bay seasoning. I wish there were more photos to show you but our guests cleaned out the dish before I could get my camera out (yes, it's that good)! I never measure the amount of hot sauce; just fold it in at the end and keep tasting until you reach the heat-level you want. It's different for everyone! Anyway, here's how you make it...
EASY HOT CRAB DIP
SERVES: 10 to 12
FOR THE DIP
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 red bell peppers, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
3/4 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon Old Bay
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon sriracha
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature, cut into cubes
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons snipped chives
1 pound lump crab meat, picked over
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Hot sauce, to taste
Butter crackers and/or crudites, for serving
FOR THE TOPPING
2 cups stale bread cubes
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, meltedHot paprika, for sprinkling
1. Make the dip: Preheat the oven to 400˚. Heat 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots, peppers and celery and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the half-and-half, Old Bay, dry mustard, sriracha and bring to a simmer. Slowly whisk in the cream cheese until combined and smooth, then whisk in the cheddar cheese until melted. Remove saucepan from heat. Fold in the lemon juice, chives, crab meat, parsley, and salt and hot sauce to taste.
2. Make the topping: Toss bread cubes with melted butter. Sprinkle with hot paprika and salt and toss to combine.
3. Spoon crab mixture into an ovenproof baking dish. Top with the bread crumbs and bake until golden and the dip is hot, about 20 minutes.
As for the gilded baking dish, this was a little something I picked up for the Good Housekeeping garage sale. It's been in the kitchen for decades! How glam does it look (even stuffed with crab dip)!? xo Erin