Hot Crab Dip with Shrimp

Hot Crab and Shrimp Dip

Hot Crab AND Shrimp Dip

Christmas is almost here-and it finally registered to my husband when he gave me the deer in the headlights reaction.

It’s been nice getting to spend time with our friends and family this month. And there is always some kind of spread of food involved when we gather.

My Hot Crab and Shrimp Dip recipe is one I am very excited to share. If you enjoy seafood, then this appetizer is probably for you!

I knew I needed to create a dip at home after ordering hot crab dip at a couple of restaurants. 

But what really had me wanting to create this, was after ordering dip that was totally lacking the star of the dish: Crab.

That dip in particular tasted good, but had bits of crab swimming in a dish of cream cheese.

We were left wanting more crab.

Understanding how this could happen, I knew I needed to give this a little something extra.

So after I thought about this, it made sense for me to bring crab and shrimp together here. 

Introducing shrimp to my dip meant there would be seafood in every bite.

Yep,-it came together as planned…

D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!

Where do you shop for groceries?

Do you shop the same grocery store each week? Or do you search for what is on sale and make many stops?

I have to remind myself not everyone likes to grocery shop the way I do!

I used to shop the same place week after week. But after Costco, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods came to town, it was easy for me to branch out and shop at different stores.

And my area now has a tremendous selection of places to shop for food (The Fresh Market, Earth Fare, TONS of Farmer Markets & produce stands, fish markets, butcher shops, many chain grocery stores from Publix, Wal-mart, Bi-lo, Ingles, and Aldi’s-and more places I’m forgetting to mention).

I don’t mind visiting each store at some point because I have found products I love from each place. And yes, I shop on a budget but I want quality, too.

I did find a ‘buy one get one free’ at an organic grocery store that was offering the crab I used for my recipe.

It is fully cooked, all natural and no preservative crab meat. But I would imagine most kinds of crab would do well in this recipe.

Especially if you live by the ocean or have access to fresh crab meat. Fresh crab would make this recipe even better!

You can find lump crab or crab meat like I used  at most grocery stores. Check your seafood section or the canned food isle. No need to visit a specialty store if you don’t normally.

Crab, Shrimp and The Dip

I had a pretty good idea of what flavors I wanted to bring together for my dip based on what I tasted.

And as I started pulling ingredients for this recipe I was giddy inside! It’s almost fail-proof with the combo of seafood and cream cheese.

I gave it some lemon & heat and some Old Bay seasoning.

And to keep from losing the beautiful lumps of crab, assemble your dip but mix in your crab meat last.

This is a hit!

When my pan of bubbly seafood deliciousness came out of the oven, I drew a crowd.

And I could not believe how fast everyone gathered hovered over this.

I’m talking 15 minutes is all it took for this to be gone-plate cleaned and no sign of dip.

How in the world? It was piping hot when it came out but no one waited for it to cool down. 

Everyone had to have scorched tongues and raw roofs to their mouths!

Since this is a heavy and filling dip I served romaine lettuce and celery sticks as well as a variety of chips & crackers.

To my surprise the veggies went first!

For the seafood appreciating group of people in your life, I hope you think of this appetizer to make for your next holiday party, or the next ball game.

If you want to read a little more scroll down for some info on Thursday December 22, 2016.

That is National Re-Gifting Day…

Hot Crab and Shrimp Dip

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 18 large shrimp, clean & peeled, cut into bite size piece (about 1½ cups of shrimp)
  • 16 ounces of crabmeat
  • One 8 ounce block cream cheese (soften and room temp)
  • ¾ cup Gruyere cheese-½ cup for the dip, reserve ¼ cup for the topping (use whatever cheese you have)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 tsp hot sauce (to your liking)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (more if you like)
  • 2 tsp plus 1 pinch of Old Bay seasoning (1 tsp for the shrimp, 1 tsp for the dip)
  • salt & pepper for your dip & your shrimp (season to your liking)
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 3 green onions (reserve greens of one for garnish)
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs-½ cup for the dip, reserve ¼ for the top
  • 1 tsp flavorless oil of choice to for shrimp (like avocado or canola)
  • 1 tbsp butter to cook shrimp

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350 and grease a 9 x 13 dish (I used a deep 9" pie dish) and prepare a pan to cook shrimp
  2. Season shrimp with Old Bay, oil, pinch of salt & pepper-mix together and cook shrimp in melted butter over medium heat until pink-about 2-3 minutes. After cooked sprinkle cooked shrimp with 1 tbsp lemon juice set aside to cool. Reserve all the dripping from this.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ingredients for your dip base except the crab meat and shrimp. Once everything is mixed well add cooked shrimp (and it's drippings) & crab meat careful not to over mix ingredients so not to break crab into shredded nothing but so there are chunks of crab meat.
  4. Pour into your greased baking dish. Top with reserved cheese and bread crumbs.
  5. Baked until bubbly and the cheese starts to get golden (about 30 minutes depending on your oven). Garnish with green onions and serve with veggies (like celery sticks and lettuce cups) and a variety of crackers (like pita chips). Enjoy!
Cuisine: Appetizer | Recipe Type: Easy

Notes

Important to have room temp or really soft cream cheese so everything stirs up nicely when you add the shrimp & crab meat. You don't want to break the crab meat into shredded pieces and soften cream cheese is key.

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If you are still reading I wanted to share something funny:

Did you know that this year, Thursday December 22, 2016 is National Re-Gifting Day?

I didn’t know this day even existed so I looked it up.

NATIONAL RE-GIFTING DAY – Thursday Before Christmas

I’m wondering, have you ever re-gifted a gift before? Better yet, have you ever been the recipient of (an obvious) re-gift?

Out of curiosity, I looked up the guidelines suggested in article above.

The article gives great advice just in case you wanted to (or maybe even need to) re-gift something.

I can’t say I remember if I’ve re-gifted anything. Maybe I have?? Just not in the last decade that I can remember!

In the past, I definitely have been on the receiving end of a re-gift a couple of times. It was only obvious to me a couple of times.

But in the spirit of the gift giving season, I decided to change my mindset.

I mean, I’ve certainly never been opposed to a hand-me-down (LOVE them!) or something pre-owned.

I’ve purchased a pre-owned car most of my life, I considered purchasing a refurbished Mac (but didn’t buy it) and I like to shop at consignment & thrift stores.

If you are going to re-gift anything I would heed the advice in the article

Remove any tags or signs of your re-gift. And be able to answer questions like: “where did you get this? I’ve been searching for this!”

And take it from me, if you are going to give a food loving family (like mine) a food re-gift, please make sure whatever food item you are going to give, isn’t expired (by like 2 years) when re-gifting.

That is what made one re-gift obvious.

After my family & I received the expired food re-gift-we got some good laughs out of it. But we decided not to feel insulted by it either.

Maybe the gift-giver was struggling to find a gift for us. And you never know anyone’s financial situation either!

Someone I worked with years ago had just tied the knot when she received a re-gifted vase from her friend who had gotten married a few months before her.

She figured out it was re-gifted because there was a check inside the vase, written out to the person who had given her the gift.  Her re-gifting situation was way different than mine.

We don’t ask for gifts from our family & friends because we are adults & we have what we need. But if we do receive a (re-)gift, that is a bonus!

Re-gifting or not, it IS better to give than receive.

Hey if you are looking for an organization to connect with this holiday season, would you check out my friends at The Homeless Period project?

Season’s greetings-Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

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