At Kootenay Spice we have yet another classic appetizer to share with you on the blog today: hot spinach & crab dip. This one is also great for sharing over the holidays and a tasty snack or starter anytime of the year!
As we’ve mentioned before, we generally make our own bread. For this dip we made our basic white bread (spiced up basic bread without the Herbs de Provence). We also used our cast iron soup bowls and baked a couple of custom size loafs that perfectly fit enough spinach dip for two! We also made a few mini-buns in our mini-cupcake baking trays for dipping.
This recipe will make enough spinach dip for about 4 people and requires:
2 medium or 1 large round bread loaf
1 cup cooked crab (or imitation crab meat)
2 cups fresh spinach
3 cloves fresh garlic
1/2 cup aged cheddar cheese
1/4 cup fresh parmesan or romano cheese
1/3 cup soft cream cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp mayo or whipped dressing
mini-buns, bread or crackers (for serving)
Chop the crab and spinach into small pieces. Mince the garlic cloves and grate the cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. Set aside half of the cheeses for topping.
In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the crab, spinach, garlic, and one half of the cheeses with the cream cheese, sour cream and mayo or whipped dressing. Cover and let sit in the fridge for 1 hour.
While the mixture is setting, carefully cut the top 1/3 or so of the bread loaf(s) off and remove some bread from the inside of the loaf. Take care not to pull out too much bread or the filling may leak out while cooking.
Preheat the oven to bake at 350°F.
Fill the bread bowl(s) with the cooled spinach and crab mixture.
Sprinkle with the remaining cheddar cheese.
Place the baking dishes on a pan and bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes, until the edges of the bread are beginning to toast. Sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan cheese over the dip and return to the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese and bread begin to turn brown.
Let the spinach crab dip cool before serving.
Serve hot or cold with extra crackers, bread, mini-buns, pita chips, tortilla chips, etc.