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Hot Cheese and Crab Dip


This hot crab dip is easy to make in the microwave

The terrific flavor or crab blends with processed and cream cheese to make a quick and easy dip that can be prepared in the microwave. You can also bake it in the oven, but keep a very close watch on the cheese. It's easy to overcook and the cheese will definitely curdle.

Hot Crab and Cheese Dip (Microwave)
Approximately 2 cups

6 ounces crab meat (or imitation)
3 green onions, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon butter (or margarine)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 cup milk
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
8 ounces cubed process cheese
3 ounces cream cheese, cubed and brought to room temperature
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Place onion and butter in a 1 ½-quart microwave safe dish and cook on high for about 2 minutes. Make sure onion is tender. Add cornstarch, pepper, milk, and Worcestershire. Stir and cook uncovered for about 4 minutes. Check for thickening and mild bubbling. Mixture may look curdled. Add cheese, crab meat, cream cheese, and parsley. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes at a slightly reduced power level to prevent burning. Stir frequently and do not let cheese overcook.

This is a great fondue recipe, but can also be served in smaller, individual bowls. It will need reheating as the cheese thickens. Serve with crackers, veggies, and chips.

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