I seldom will write about seafood. It kind of bums me out that, generally, I don’t eat fish. I love shrimp and shellfish to a degree, true, but actual fish is another matter. Deep fry it and I’m good, but that’s about it.
But I’m always down for crab, especially if it’s soaked in melted butter, which is not very healthy. I made this crab dip recipe a few years back and ’tis one of the best appetizers I make. I got the recipe out of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, so it’s been tried and treasured. On an entertaining note, though, make sure that you don’t serve this as the only appetizer. There are lots o’ people like me who are a bit skittish when it comes to seafood, so you always need to have an alternative for them.
This is a very fresh tasting dip. The lemon gives it a zing and lightens it up quite a bit. The actual recipe in the book calls for regular mayo and regular sour cream. I don’t even stock those items in my house, so light mayo and light sour cream do it for me, and the result is much lighter and more refreshing, in my opinion. If you’re balls out, though, go for the regular stuff. I also use the imitation crab because it’s easy. But if you have real cooked crabmeat, knock yourself out.
Easy Crab Dip
(Serves probably about 6 to 8 at a cocktail party)
1 12 oz. package of imitation crab, flake-style, or 12 oz. crab meat, cooked
1 cup light mayo
1 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill or 2 tsp. dried dill
2 tsp. lemon or lime zest (if you don’t have a microplane zester, get one)
2 tsp. lemon or lime juice
a couple o’ dashes of hot pepper sauce, like Tabasco, that’s vinegary
Salt and pepper to taste
Assorted crackers, veggies to dip, etc. Personally, I use the Keebler Club crackers (Traders Joe’s calls them “Social Crackers,” I think).
Using your fingers, flake the imitation crabmeat well. Then, mix all of the ingredients together in a big bowl (except the crackers, wise guy), and mix it well. Taste for salt and pepper.
Transfer it to a serving bowl and chill it for at least 2 hours or up to a day. Chilling it is key because the flavors all come together and have an orgy. It should look like this:
Serve this with crackers and/or veggies and Bob’s your uncle.
Until later, eat, drink, and peace out.
©Jon Marino, 2013