Apron Free Cooking - Party Crab Dip
By Noel Lizotte
The New Year is coming and so are the parties! Pretty much everybody I know is having some kind of New Year’s Eve Party. Some folks are planning a big blowout with all the bells and whistles. Some are planning a small gathering. I even have a few friends who are planning their own stay at home party.
In years past, I’ve attended all three kinds of parties. Enjoyed them completely too! This year we’ll be attending a small gathering early in the evening, with a couple of friends. One recipe that I have that is always requested for New Year’s parties is Party Crab Dip.
This recipe is ideal for a large group, since it makes a whole crock pot full of dip.
Party Crab Dip
2 cup Cheddar/ Mozzarella Cheese shredded
4 package cream cheese
3 pound Crab chunked
1/2 cup Mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Combine all ingredients in medium sized crock pot, heat and stir until well blended. Add a sprinkle of milk if the consistency needs smoothed out. Heat on low for an hour and a half or on high for 45 minutes. Keep on warm setting for serving at the party.
Nutritional Info: Servings 24; Calories 204, Total Fat 15g, Cholesterol 39mg, Sodium 601mg, Total Carbs 12g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Protein 7g
Make it a Meal: Serve with crackers, bagel chips or veggies for dipping at the party. If you have leftovers, spread some cold dip on a toasted English muffin for an easy breakfast.
Variations: If you wanted to change up the flavor just slightly, you could replace the shredded cheese with swiss. Another alternative is to replace the crab meat with smoked salmon. A sprinkle of bacon bits or chopped green onion would add some flavor and color to the dip.
As always with recipes intended for a large group of people, keep in mind the size of your gathering and determine if you should halve this recipe.
The other food items on the menu will have an impact on how much food your guests eat. For instance, if you intend to serve just snacks, guests will eat more dip than if you have sandwiches available also.
If you’re inclined to start your New Year’s planning while munching on this dip, that’s a good thing. My suggestion if you want to set some goals though is to write them down. I seem to have some really great ideas at times, that get lost in the shuffle of the party and then forgotten.
Of course, one goal I can manage to keep is going back for another helping of this crab dip…
Noel Lizotte is breaking free of corporate stress with convenience cooking! www.apronfreecooking.com