Hot Crab And Cheese Spread

Wanting a new dip for veggies at your party? This would be a great ‘new’ one to serve one and all.


  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 oz. really sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 8 oz. crab meat, check for cartilage first and remove
  • 1/4 cup chopped pimento
  • 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • hot sauce to taste
  • pinch of coarse salt
  • 1  1/2 cups rustic bread cubes (from a French bread loaf, crusts removed)
  • fresh vegetables such as celery sticks, cucumber spears, etc.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whip the cream cheese until very soft and smooth. Add the cheddar and 1/2 cup mayonnaise and stir to combine. Add the lemon juice, salt and a drop or two of hot sauce (to taste). Spoon into two 14 oz. baking dishes, dividing evenly.

Stir together the bread and remaining 2 tbsp. mayonnaise. Top the spread with the bread mixture, dividing evenly. Bake on a baking dish until bubbling (about 25 minutes). Serve immediately with the vegetables.





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