Monday, July 18, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Seafood Dip For A Crowd

So I was headed to a Birthday Party this past weekend and the theme was "Heavy Appetizers!"  Holy Smokes!  What could be better than that???

I decided to bring along my Chesapeake Bay Seafood Dip, a recipe that I came up with while living abroad and was missing the taste of Old Bay seasoned Maryland Crab!  Oh, it's so good!

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1 Block Cream Cheese
2 Tablespoons Milk
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1 Cup Grated Pepper Jack or Cheddar Cheese
1 Tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning*
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 Cans Crab Meat (I used the less expensive Pink Crab), drained
2 Cans Petite Shrimp, drained
1 Can Diced Clams, drained

Add the ingredients to a saucepan and melt together on medium heat.  When the mixture is melted, pour into a greased pie plate and top with some Seasoned Bread Crumbs and another sprinkle of Old Bay Seasoning.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes until it is nice and bubbly!

Serve with your preference of bread or crackers for dipping.  I served mine with day-old bagels, sliced and toasted with a drizzle of olive oil and some kosher salt.

This probably isn't the cheapest dip in the world to make, but considering that it will feed about 20 people at a Pot Luck, it's not too bad at $0.60 per person.  Plus, it was a big hit at the party!

Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Chesapeake Bay Seafood Dip (Crab $2.50 each, Shrimp $1.99, Clams $2.35, Cream Cheese $0.79, Pantry $2.00)  Yields Approx 4 Cups (32 oz) of Seafood Dip.

Total Fake-It Cost:  $12.13)

Compare to Philips Crab Dip ($4.99/ 11 oz tub)

*If you don't have Old Bay Seasoning in your area, this DIY Old Bay Recipe will work for you!

Total Fake-It Savings: $2.84

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  1. I lived in Maryland for a year and have not been able to make/find crab dip that comes close to what I could find there! I am so excited to try your dip!! It looks delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh yum!! I love seafood dip, and this one is a bit different than what I usually make, so I will definitely have to go pick up the stuff for this soon! My mouth is watering just thinking of it!

    -Many Smiles!

  3. It sounds like a recipe that will thrill any seafood fans.

    I shared this with my readers, thank you for stopping by The Aldi Spot.

  4. This was so yummy! I don't normally eat clams and I thought it was fantastic! Thanks for being awesome!

  5. will have to give it a try this sounds rather good


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