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Hot Crab Salsa Dip

Updated February 23, 2016
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Because I get so many requests whenever I serve this dip, I have gotten in the habit of printing out the recipe before the party. Be sure to use a very thick salsa. If it seems watery, drain in a wire sieve before using. Shrimp salsa dip sounds like a good idea too, but, unfortunately, shrimp can easily turn tough if heated for too long—stick to the crab version.

Make-Ahead: The dip can be prepared up to 8 hours ahead, then baked just before serving.

Cooking Methodbaking

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, game day

Recipe Coursehors d'oeuvre

Equipmentbaking/gratin dish

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturecreamy, rich, savory, spiced

Type of Dishdip/spread

Ingredients

  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chunky tomato salsa
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound fresh crabmeat, picked over to remove cartilage and flaked
  • Hot red pepper sauce
  • 1/3 cup fresh bread crumbs, preferably from day-old French or Italian bread

Instructions

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 1-quart round baking dish.

With a rubber spatula, mash the cream cheese, mayonnaise, salsa, and Worcestershire sauce in a medium bowl until combined. Stir in the crabmeat. Season with hot pepper sauce. Spread in the baking dish. (The dip can be prepared up to 8 hours ahead, covered tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerated.)

Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the dip. Bake until the dip is bubbling, about 30 minutes or slightly longer if refrigerated. Serve hot.

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I made this for Thanksgiving, and it went very quickly. My family is from Baltimore, and a crab based dish that goes that quickly is a huge success. Thank you Rick Rodgers!

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