Jan 22, 2013

Colleen’s mean crab dip

From the kitchen of: Colleen L.  Makes: Enough for an 8×8 pan
Total time: 10 min to prep, 30 min to bake


The first time I experienced Colleen’s mean crab dip was during the afterparty for my husband’s 30th birthday. She was kind enough to ask me whether she can bring something. I, of course, said yes. She arrived to the party carrying this magical, decadent, cheesy, gooey crab dip. Not gonna lie, I tried to show her up with some imported slices of cheese, but they were no match for her dip. I got Colleen to email me the recipe and made it for some friends while we watched a football game. I did tweak it just a bit by adding a few spices … you know food bloggers like to change it up a bit. But, the beauty about this recipe is the fact it can be prepared the morning of or even the night before. Just cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to pop it in the oven. This may not be most figure-flattering dip, but it’s not like you’ll eat it every day. At least that’s what I tell myself :) Thanks, Colleen for sharing your recipe!

1 – 8 oz. packet of cream cheese
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 can of lump crab meat
couple dashes of paprika
couple dashes of onion powder
couple dashes of garlic powder

Don’t forget the pita chips!

1. Combine cheeses, mayo and onions.
Add the cream cheese, mayo, cheddar and swiss cheese, and chopped onions in a medium bowl. Blend together with a hand mixer until well combined.



2. Add spices and crab meat. At this point, add the spices and drained crab meat. Carefully mix together with a spatula to avoid breaking up the crab too much.



3. Bake and enjoy. Pour mixture in a 8×8 pan and pop in a preheated 350° oven. Bake for 30 minutes until the top is brown and bubbly. Serve immediately with some pita chips.



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  • How do you get your pictures to look so nice? My husband got me this really nice camera (the one with all the lens attachments and everything) and the pictures look great, but they don’t look as refined as yours. Do you have a photo software program? Would love any tips! Thanks!!

    • Isabel

      Hi, Katherine! You are too nice. I’m really just an amateur photographer. The best tip I can offer you is to use natural lighting. I never use a flash, but I use the natural light in the kitchen to brighten up the food. I do have a specific lens good for food photography, 50mm, which lets in a lot of light. It’s a short-fixed lens. It’s great for food and portraits. It’s a great investment. As far as photo software, I use just Photoshop. I’m a graphic designer by day so I use a lot of the adjustments to help the photo even more. Just play around with it until you find your style. Hope this helps!! Thanks for visiting :)

  • I made this yesterday for a superbowl party and it was AWESOME!!!! Thank you!

    • Isabel

      Thanks for the comment, Frannie!! Glad you enjoyed it!!

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