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                    Warm Crab and Artichoke Dip

                    During the holidays, my mom hosted us and served a delicious hot crab and artichoke dip that was gooey, cheesy and indulgent. I’ve recreated the dip and served it during the Big Game last weekend and it was a hit!

                    This recipe is a breeze to prepare, basically in one bowl, and can sit in the fridge covered for a day until ready to bake (if refrigerating, take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before baking).  


                    • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
                    • ? cup mayonnaise (we used low fat)
                    • ? cup sour cream (we used low fat)
                    • 2 Tbsp. green onion, finely chopped
                    • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
                    • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
                    • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
                    • 1 tsp. hot sauce, we use Cholula
                    • ? cup of grated Parmesan cheese, to go into the dip
                    • ? tsp. each salt and freshly cracked pepper
                    • 1 8 ?-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained well
                    • 6 ounces crab meat (ideally lump), picked over to ensure no shells are present
                    • ? cup of grated Parmesan cheese, to top the dip


                    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat in cooking spray or butter an oven-proof baking dish (I used a 9” pie plate).
                    2. Add all the ingredients, stopping at the artichokes, to a medium bowl and stir to combine well. Add the artichokes and the crab and mix gently.
                    3. Add the dip mixture to the baking dish and top with the ? cup of Parmesan cheese.
                    4. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

                    Serve with crusty bread or scoop-type tortilla chips.

                    Serves 8.

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