Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Old Bay Hot Crab Dip

So, I'm a bit late with this one. I made this dip for the Super Bowl.  My mom sent me some Old Bay seasoning so I could make something that represented Maryland in support of the Ravens.  Well, the Super Bowl was ages ago and I'm just posting this for you all, because I forgot about this dip.  My friend reminded me of it this weekend though, so I figured it was time to put up the recipe!

This is a "lighter" version of crab dip, with calorie-rich mayo and cheeses subbed out for lighter Greek yogurt, Ricotta, cream cheese, and some Parmesan.  The Old Bay gives this tons of flavor.  The beer marinade was inspired by some crab dip that I had out at a restaurant. I used these pretzel bites for dipping and it was amazing!

Old Bay Hot Crab Dip

1 pound fresh crab meat, picked over for shells
3/4 cup beer (pale ale)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 scallion, minced
4 ounces light cream cheese
1/2 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
1 cup light Ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
2 green onions, minced
1/2 cup Multigrain crackers, crushed
3 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Rinse the crab and pick it over for shells.  Place the crab in a small bowl and pour the beer over it.  Marinate the crab in the beer for 30 minutes. Drain the crab after 30 minutes.

While the crab is marinating, sauté the scallion in olive oil over medium heat until it starts to soften.  Add a teaspoon of dry mustard powder and 1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning, and sauté an additional 30 seconds.  Transfer the scallions to the bowl of a large food processor. Add the cream cheese, ricotta, Greek yogurt, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice.  Purée until smooth.

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

In a large bowl, combine the crab, pureed cheese mixture, green onions, and an additional tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning. Stir well to combine.  Spread the mixture in an 8x8 inch baking dish.

Mix together crushed crackers, Parmesan cheese, and butter and spread evenly over the crab mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. Holy cow this sounds amazing! I love using old bay and crab is definitely one of my favorite shellfish. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow


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