A while back, I was looking for something standard with a bit of a kick to bring to a barbecue. That is when I came up with this Bake Crab (With Beer!) Dip.
This recipe does not have to be made with beer- by the way. Read on…
Baked Crab (With Beer!) Dip
We all know about the basic crab dips that show up this time of the year.
You could be at a tailgate or pot luck and there may be a crab dip sitting there on the table calling your name. Crab dips are pretty because there are a lot of ways to personalize them and still make them tasty.
I made this crab dip at the spur of the moment when I needed something to bring to a party.
I wanted to make my dip something that everyone is familiar with yet, a bit different. The first thing that I saw when I was looking into my refrigerator was a beer that someone had chilling. That was my refrigerator ‘light bulb’ moment.
You do not have to make this with beer.
However, if you choose to, I would suggest something with a bit of taste to it such as a favorite craft beer. Also, as a bit of a warning, not that you probably get drunk from eating the entire dip, you should nonetheless keep the kiddies from eating the whole thing.
There are alternatives to using beer.
One alternative that could be subbed in for the beer could be Worcestershire sauce. Another substitute could be barbecue sauce.
You will need a baking dish (1 1/2-2 qt) for this as well.
The baking dish should be oven/microwave safe. I have found a good selection of baking dishes on Amazon.
The recipe for Baked Crab (With Beer!) Dip
What you will need to make this.
- Cream Cheese- 1 (8) ounce package
- Greek Yogurt- 3/4 cup, yes, you could use mayo instead.
- Beer- 3 tablespoons. Can use a sub- see post for details. If no sub or no beer is used simply up the Greek Yogurt to 1 full cup.
- Crab meat- fresh and lumpy is the best however, not everyone (including me) has everyday access to this. Thus, an imitation crab meat might work as well.
- Colby Jack, Cheddar or Pepper Jack Cheese- 3/4 cup grated or shredded. I sometimes like to combine cheeses. As long as it adds up to 3/4 cup, you should be okay.
- Optional- 2 tsp. seasonings to taste, and/or 2 cloves minced garlic, and/or 1 tsp hot sauce
How to make this.
- Preheat your oven to 350 and prep your baking dish for nonstick. I like to rub a bit of olive oil on mine.
- In a mixing bowl, blend together the cream cheese and the yogurt. You can add optional ingredients at this point as well.
- Gently stir in the beer and then the crab meat. Do not over-blend these into the bowl.
- Evenly spread the mix into the baking dish.
- Top with the cheese and any optional desired seasonings.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until you see some bubbling.