Satisfy hungry holiday guests with this mouthwatering crab dip from chef Emeril Lagasse's "Emeril's Potluck" cookbook. Also try:Corn Cakes with Christmas Caviar

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009, The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 4069


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Recipe Summary

Makes about 2 quarts


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, bell peppers, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon Essence. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set vegetables aside.

  • Place cream cheese, mayonnaise, parsley, scallions, lemon juice, remaining teaspoon salt, and remaining tablespoon Essence in the bowl of a food processor; process until smooth. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; fold in cooked vegetables and crabmeat. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish.

  • In a small bowl, mix together breadcrumbs and melted butter; stir to combine. Spread breadcrumb mixture over crabmeat mixture and bake until hot and bubbly, about 30 minutes.

  • Serve with toast points or crackers.


Reviews (2)

143 Ratings
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  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe was delicious! Makes a great presentation for entertaining. I substitued Veganaise for Mayo. Neufchatel for Cream Cheese. Adobo seasoning for Emeril spice. I added more red peppers and onions than the recipe called for and a dash of black and red pepper. I crumbled Multigrain crackers right over the top before baking - without adding any butter. I served it with Melba toast and Multigrain crackers.
Rating: Unrated
In part 2 it asks for Emeril's Original Essence 1tsp I used cayenne pepper. In part 3 they ask for 1 tbsp of Emeril's Original Essence. I used .5 tbsp of old bay and .5 tbsp of the cayenne pepper again. I would think maybe next time to cool it down heat wise I would use a full tbsp of old bay. It was a big hit as was though.