Tested till perfect Herbed Crab Dip
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Herbed Crab Dip

Serve this stylish make-ahead dip with cracker bread, Belgium endive leaves, radishes and blanched cauliflower and broccoli florets. To blanch, immerse the vegetables in boiling salted water for 30 seconds; drain and chill in cold water. Immediately drain well.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: January 2004

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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  • Portion size 2 cups (500 mL)


  • 1 pkg 1pkg(7 oz/200 g) frozen crabmeat, thawed
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupminced shallotshallots or onions
  • 4 4cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspmace or nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupdry white wine or dry white vermouth
  • 1 tbsp 1tbsplemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspcrumbled dried tarragon
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cuplight cream cheese, cubed and softened
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cuplight sour cream
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupminced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupminced fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupdiced fresh sweet red peppersweet red peppers or roasted red peppers
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Place crab in sieve; pick through and remove any cartilage. Gently squeeze out excess moisture; set aside.

In saucepan, heat oil over medium-low heat; fry shallots, garlic, salt, pepper and mace, without browning, until softened and fragrant, about 4 minutes.

Add wine, lemon juice and tarragon; boil over medium heat until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Let cool.

In bowl and using fork, blend cream cheese with sour cream; add shallot mixture, crabmeat, parsley, chives and red pepper, mixing well. Scrape into serving dish. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Additional information :

Herbed Smoked Salmon Dip: Omit salt. Use 8 oz (250 g) smoked salmon, finely chopped, instead of crabmeat.

Nutritional Information Per 1 tbsp (15 mL): about

cal 30 pro 2g total fat 2g sat. fat 1g
carb 1g fibre 0g chol 6mg sodium 120mg

% RDI:

calcium 1 iron 1 vit A 2 vit C 5
folate 1
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