Game Day Gourmet: Bacon Bleu-Crab Dip
Prep to impress for the final game of the season with this voluptuous Bacon Bleu-Crab Dip.
The end of football season is near, and I figured with the big finale—though I’m most excited about Katy Perry's half-time performance—the food must be equally celebratory in the form of Bacon Bleu-Crab Dip.
This voluptuous crab dip has me aching for summer, but luckily our local grocery stores sell cans of the stuff so you can save your fingers from the hour-long prying parties for a comical amount of meat to show for one crab. Though, there is a place and time for that—in the summer over a newspaper-lined table with some crisp brews.
This crab dip boasts all the good stuff: bleu cheese, cream cheese, Chesapeake Bay seasoning, white wine and bacon! Yes, fried, crunchy slivers of piggy awesomeness mixed among the velvety crab dip. If the pals attending your Super Bowl shindig don't eat bacon, you can always serve it on the side for your guests to scatter at their discretion.
Bacon Bleu-Crab Dip
Yield: 6 servings
Total Time: about 1 hour
1 cup crumbled bleu cheese
2/3 cup cream cheese, softened
3 garlic cloves, minced
juice of 1/2 lemon
splash white wine
12 oz. crab meat
2 thick-cut pieces of bacon, diced
1 tbsp Chesapeake Bay Seasoning from Whole Foods (or Old Bay), plus more to garnish
Crackers or toasted baguette slices to serve
Preheat oven to 350. Mix bleu cheese, cream cheese and minced garlic in a bowl. Add lemon juice, white wine and crabmeat to bowl; then mix well.
In a separate bowl, toss the bacon with the Chesapeake Bay Seasoning. In a frying pan on medium heat, fry bacon until crispy for about 6 minutes, flipping throughout the time. Remove bacon from the pan and blot with paper towels to remove excess oil. Add bacon to crab mixture.
Transfer crab dip to an oven-safe baking dish. Sprinkle Chesapeake Bay Seasoning over top. Bake for 25 minutes until slightly toasted on top. Serve immediately with crackers or toasted baguette slices.