Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hot Crab Dip

This was a big hit at our Halloween party. Definitely worth trying as you plan your holiday entertaining menus.

Crazy Hot Crab Dip

Serves about 8.

1 head of garlic (to make 2 teaspoons roasted garlic paste)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2/3 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon mince chipotle (or green chile)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup sharp white Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
(1/4 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese for topping)
1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked clean

Pita chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

To make garlic paste: Use a sharp knife to cut off the top third of head of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil. Wrap in foil and roast about 45 minutes, until very soft and golden. Let cool, then squeeze out paste from garlic cloves. Set aside 2 teaspoons of garlic paste for use in dip; reserve the rest for another use.

In medium bowl, combine mayo, cilantro, chipotle, lime juice, roasted garlic paste and Worcestershire sauce, and mix well. Stir in grated cheeses until well-mixed.

Serve with pita chips or crackers.

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