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Chef Gina Veneziano Makes Creamy Crab Dip

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Italian’s Christmas traditions include “Feast of the 7 Fishes” – a lavish meal consisting of (at least) 7 kinds of seafood, enjoyed on Christmas Eve. And no matter how many intricate seafood dishes I make, the absolute crowd favorite is always crab dip. I’ve tried to impress with lobster ravioli and clams casino. I’ve even invested in a deep fryer to make fresh calamari, but no, this easy, cheesy crab dip is always the winner. I can’t say I’m surprised, I often pour this single recipe into two baking dishes so I have a side stash of my own, I eat this thing by the spoonful, no need for crackers; I’ve used it as an omelet filling for the next day’s breakfast and I’m pretty sure this recipe is how I finally convinced my future father-in-law that I actually know what I’m doing in the kitchen. But knowing how easy this recipe is, the chef in me is always a little sad acknowledging that anyone can make this recipe. So let your guests “ooh and ahh” over this gooey goodness – but let’s keep how simple this recipe actually is, between us. Enjoy! 

Creamy Crab Dip

Active Time: 15 min

Total Time: 1 Hour

Servings: 10-12

Ingredients

  • 16OZ. CREAM CHEESE, SOFTENED
  • 8 OZ. SOUR CREAM
  • 4 TBS MAYONNAISE
  • 1 TSP LEMON JUICE
  • 1 TSP DRY MUSTARD
  • ¼ TSP GARLIC SALT
  • 1 LB BACKFIN CRABMEAT
  • 1 CUP SHREDDED CHEDDAR CHEESE, DIVIDED

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About Chef Gina Veneziano

Chef Gina has spent a lifetime in food – from the butcher shop to food trucks, and catering kitchens to innovation kitchens. She prides herself in being the only person to successfully recreate her grandmother’s famous meatballs. You can usually catch her, apron on, and a glass of prosecco in hand – cheers!

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