Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Crabmeat Artichoke Dip

This is one of my favorite appetizers to bring or make for any gathering.  I usually double it, because it always goes quickly!

1 8oz package softened cream cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 14oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 8oz package imitation crab meat, chopped
1 cup parmesean cheese
1/2 cup sliced green onions, with tops
1t lemon peel
1/4t pepper
1/4 cup chopped red pepper

Preheat oven to 350.  Blend together cream cheese, mayo and garlic.  Add chopped artichokes, crab meat, parmesean cheese, green onions, lemon peel and pepper, mix well.

Bake 25-30 minutes (45 min if doubled) or until a golden brown around the edges. I usually use a deep, round stoneware pan for this, you can use a variety of sizes, etc. The thicker it is, the longer it will need to bake.

Sprinkle with the pepper and additonal green onions.  Serve with crackers, pita chips or fresh bread.

This is also good toasted on an open face sandwhich, with lots of extra cheese sprinkled on top.  (Oh, I love cheese).

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