Simple is always best — especially when you’re hosting a party! My Mom’s Holiday Crab Dip is a classic appetizer that’s creamy, perfectly seasoned, and loaded with big chunks of tender, buttery crabmeat! Served hot or cold, this easy party food is special enough for any celebration, and it’s ready in just 10 minutes!
Hello, hello! Is it party season…or what?! You’re going to want to hold onto this recipe because I guarantee that it will come in handy VERY soon!
This dip is just one of those great easy go-to appetizers that’s appropriate year-round — hot or cold — and it disappears in a flash. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it’s absolutely perfect with a glass of wine, a cold beer, or a fancy champagne cocktail on New Year’s Eve!
Not long ago my mom was cleaning out her files at home and she came across stacks of old recipes. These particular cards were no longer very useful to her, so she gave them to me. What a gift! I have had such a great time flipping through the handwritten notes, preparing many of the dishes, and remembering the childhood favorites.
I vividly recall my mom preparing this particular dip on a regular basis, and one bite of it totally brings me back! It was one of the starters that she often served for holidays…hence the name! When I shared it with Keith recently, he was in HEAVEN. I know that I will be just like my mom (again), as I add this treat to my regular rotation. It’s a no-brainer!
The recipe uses the expensive jumbo lump crabmeat (found refrigerated in the seafood section), which is one reason that I reserve this particular dip for special occasions. It’s pricey, but it’s SO worth it! Don’t skimp on the main ingredient and buy the cheaper claw meat or canned stuff…it just won’t be nearly as good. Again, the holidays are a time to celebrate and indulge — and I can’t think of a better way to do so than this family-favorite party food!
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Mom's Holiday Crab Dip
- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 16 ounces jumbo lump crabmeat drained
- In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to blend together cream cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, onion, garlic powder, and salt. Fold in parsley and crab meat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- This dip can be served hot or cold. For a warm dip, place in an oven-safe dish and bake at 350 degrees F until bubbly and heated through.
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