Recipe Rants: Super Bowl–Baked Crab Dip

February 5, 2011

Daily Post, Recipe Rants

Fresh crab meat is so rich, fabulous, and sweet that, for this dip, I wanted to highlight the texture and flavor of the crab without masking it. Served bubbly hot with a crisply browned, lemon zest–panko topping, this dip will be a party favorite—easy to put together, quick to bake, and quick to disappear, too.

Ingredients
6 oz/170 g fresh crabmeat, well drained
1/2 cup/75 g diced red pepper/capsicum
1/2 cup/25 g finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tbsp snipped fresh chives
1/2 cup/120 ml reduced-fat mayonnaise
4 oz/115 g whipped cream cheese
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp hot sauce, such as Tabasco
1/4 cup/20 g panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest

Skinny Dippers:
Crostini, Baked Pita Chips, Baked Wonton Crisps, baked potato chips

Dip Do-Ahead: The dip, without the panko topping, can be prepared, covered, and refrigerated up to 1 day in advance. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. The topping can be prepared up to 8 hours ahead and sprinkled on just before baking.

Preparation
1. Place the crabmeat in a medium bowl and flake with your fingers. Stir in the bell pepper/capsicum, parsley, and chives. Using a rubber spatula, gently stir in the mayonnaise, cream cheese, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Transfer to a 1-qt/1-L shallow baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the panko and lemon zest.

2. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C/gas 7. Just before baking, sprinkle the panko mixture on top and bake until the panko is toasty brown and the dip is bubbling at the edges, about 12 minutes. Serve hot.

Skinny Dips, August 2010
By Diane Morgan
photo by: Sheri Giblin

 

Robert Forto | Team Ineka | Alaska Dog Works | Mushing Radio | Dog Works Radio | Denver Dog Works | Daily Post

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Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and Dog Works Radio Shows

 

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Robert Forto is the owner of Dog Works Training Company in Alaska, a canine behaviorist, mushin' down a dream, sports nut and radio show host. Robert writes a lot about his observations in Alaska, pop culture, music, and of course dogs!

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