Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Caribbean CHEESY CRAB DIP to go with yesterday's Crackers
I made crackers yesterday! Really, I did (click HERE to see that post). I used a recipe from "The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread" book, and it was very easy and more importantly, incredibly tasty. So tasty I decided to make another batch last night, but also a Caribbean cheesy crab dip to go along with them.
I did a little research (OK, I Googled). I found a recipe I liked, and then pondered what I could do to it to make it more to my taste. The basic recipe called for Cream Cheese, Crab meat and dry Mustard, rolled into a ball and presented as a cheese ball. I wanted a dip, and a bit more cheese. So, I added Mayo to make it more dip-able. I also added some pineapple to make it a tad more Caribbean, as well as sweetening the final product.
Here's what I did...
8 ounces Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese
1 small sweet Onion, minced
1 tsp dry Mustard
1 tsp Sweet Paprika
1 tsp dried parsley
8 ounces Crab Meat
4 ounces crushed pineapple (from a can, I included the juice in the can as well)
Mixed everything together, tasting as I went.
This is a quick, short post for me, but it turned out spectacular. A wonderful dip, matched well with the different crackers I made. I made a special dessert (come back tomorrow for my Caribbean Carrot Cake), so Jackie and I made this dip our supper.
The Crab Meat was a bit pricey ($8 for 1/2 a pound), that made the recipe over $10. But it makes quite a bit, and we will have this around for a few days. You could use the imitation crab, lobster or even shrimp with this and still have a great dip. I think the pineapple (and the juice) really made a big difference in this dip. I think it paired really well with the "spicy" Garlic/onion flakes and Chipotle spiced crackers I made yesterday.
Jackie liked the Sesame Seed and Seas Salt crackers better, but she also loved the dip.
Just for aesthetics, I think I added a bit too much paprika at the end. The final product came out a bit orange. I like the look of the work in progress dip in the first photo with just a pinch of paprika.
But, no difference in the taste...
Give the crackers a try... and give this dip a try... Both are winners! Live the island life!