Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lemony Artichoke and Crab Meat Dip - 52 Appetizer Recipes

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This is my GO TO recipe when I need to bring something to impress.

A rich lemony mixture of Lemons and Cream Cheese made smooth with a bit of mayo.  This is very addictive.  Don't be surprised when your guests flock to the dip bowl and hang out until it's gone.

The dip is very easy to make.  Simply mix well and a quick bake to heat and get that golden brown and delicious look.

I even have a little bonus recipe for you...

For the baked tortilla chips, simply buy some flour tortillas.  Cut into edge shapes.  Brush each wedge with butter and season with taco seasoning.
Lay each wedge in a single layer on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes until the wedges have started to dry out and crisp.

Serve alongside the dip for extra bragging rights.

This is such a winner.  Perfect for any small dinner party, big family get together, the church ladies will be green with envy if you bring this to the church PotLuck and of course a great "game day" snack for your Super Bowl party!

 OK... Here's what I did...

Artichoke Lemon and
Crab Dip

  • 2 Packages (8 ounce each) Cream Cheese, softened to Room Temperature
  • 1-1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced and smashed to a paste
  • 1 Jar (14 Ounces) Artichoke Hearts, Quartered packed in Oil, drained and chopped to half dime size.
  • 2 Cans Crabmeat, carefully picked clean of shells and squeezed to drain, chopped
  • Juice and zest of 1 Lemon
  • 4 Green Onions, diced, whote and green parts.
  • 1 Cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Pinch each of salt and pepper
    Optional, add Taco seasonings or Creole/Cajun Spices for a seasonal dish
  • Additional Lemon slices for garnish
  • Additional Green onions for garnish
  • Serve with Baked Tortilla chips
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Using the paddle attachment, add the minced garlic paste, artichoke hearts, crabmeat, lemon zest and juice as well as the chopped green onions and Parmesan cheese with the seasonings.  Mix on low for a full minute until thoroughly combined and evenly mixed.
  3. Spoon mixture into an attractive shallow baking dish (I like to use a fancy Pie Plate for this... Just the right size.  Bake for 30 minutes until top just starts to brown.
  4. Garnish with lemon slices and additional chopped green onions.  Serve hot with baked tortilla chips and ENJOY!

 A Fantastic Appetizer.  Crispy fried chicken, all dressed up with a heat and sweet sauce... A Favorite!

A win win win!

One of my "52 Appetizer Recipes" Collection (Plenty more than 52 actually, A great place to find ideas!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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