Warm crab dip right out of the oven is a treat that will dazzle your guests. It has an extraordinarily rich flavor, and it pairs well with a warm loaf of bread. It's a fancier appetizer than your typical vegetable platter, and people will want to know the recipe before they head home.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Prepare an 8x8 baking dish by lightly greasing it.
Crab: Drain any water that the crab is packed in, then place the crab in a large bowl.
Sour Cream: Add the sour cream to the bowl.
Cream Cheese: The cream cheese should be softened to room temperature before adding to the bowl of ingredients.
Buttermilk: Measure the buttermilk into the bowl. If you don’t have access to real buttermilk, you can always substitute the same amount of milk, but add in approximately ¼ teaspoon of vinegar. Let it sit for ten minutes before adding into your mixture.
Mayonnaise: Add the mayonnaise to the mixture.
Cheese: You need to choose 2 cups of your favorite shredded cheeses for this recipe. Monterey Jack goes well with this recipe, and you can mix it with shredded cheddar. If you can’t get your hands on the Monterey Jack, feel free to substitute in something else that melts well.
Artichoke Hearts: Drain the artichoke hearts from the can and chop them lightly. Add them to the bowl.
Garlic Powder: Measure out the garlic powder into the mixture. If you really like a strong garlic flavor, you can substitute two teaspoons of minced garlic.
Dill: Add the appropriate amount of dill into the mixture.
Old Bay Seasoning: Add the Old Bay Seasoning into the mixture.
Salt and pepper: Add the salt and pepper to taste.
Mix all of your ingredients together, and place into the 8x8 glass dish. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese looks bubbly.
Serve your crab dip warm out of the oven with a loaf of your favorite crusty bread. Sourdough is traditionally served with crab dip, but you can also opt for a loaf of Italian or French bread.
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