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Supreme Crab Dip

A crab meat and cheddar cheese spread crab appetizer recipe

Donít overcook this dip, or the cheese may separate and burn. Since the crabmeat is already cooked, the dip needs to be baked only long enough to melt the cheese. Fold in the crabmeat at the last possible moment to avoid breaking it up too much. This dish may be prepared in advance, refrigerated, and baked just before serving.

  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pimientos
  • 8 crushed no-salt saltine crackers
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley, optional
  • 1 pound crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage
  • 20 toast points or freshly sliced country bread

Place the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the cheese, mayonnaise, pimientos, crackers, seafood seasoning, and parsley. Mix until well combined.

Carefully fold in the crabmeat and gently mix just until the crab is coated.

Spoon the mixture into a medium gratin or casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Serve immediately with a butter knife for spreading the dip on the toast points or sliced country bread.

Makes 6 servings.

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