My new thing this year when people invite us to dinner is to offer to bring an appetizer. I normally bring dessert. While I love dessert and have gotten really good at making tarts, Pavlos, cakes, puddings, pannacotta, I felt we could all lay off of the sweets; at least for a little while. That being said my new favorite appetizer to bring during the holiday season is this recipe for Hot Spicy Crab Dip.
We were invited to a post-holiday dinner last week and I brought this hot crab dip. I have been dying to eat crab since we got back from Boston (I think that lobster roll got my taste-buds going for seafood) and decided to take advantage of what is suppose to be the best crab season in the Bay Area in over 4 years. Now, I thought about going all low-fat and non-fat on this recipe, but when I started looking at the ingredients and what they were actually bringing to the recipe, I changed my mind. I am a pretty good label reader and have this thing if I don’t know what the first 5 ingredients are in a product, then I am not putting it into our mouths or bodies. Therefore, I went full-fat with my ingredients; really there is only about an additional 3 or 4 calories per serving, so why mess with deliciousness. I served this with gluten-free crackers but you can also serve with sliced and toasted baguettes.
What is your favorite seafood appetizer?
- 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 3 tablespoons mayo
- 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce, more or less, depending on how spicy you like it
- 1 small Meyer lemon - zest & juice
- 1/4 pound fresh crab
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, very fine grate, I used a microplane
Heat oven to 425.
In a mixer combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo; beat on low speed until very smooth, about 7 minutes.
Add the sriracha sauce, lemon zest and juice beat until mixed, about 2 minutes.
Add the crab and cheese, gently mix for about 1 minute until just combined.
Pour into an ovenproof baking ramekin.
Bake until bubbly, about 10 - 15 minutes, depending on the depth of your ramekins.
Let sit for 5 minutes.
Use fresh crab if available as it is a game changer. If not, then grab a can of canned crab, just be sure to drain well.