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Baked Crab Dip

It looks fancy but is easy to make. You can even make this crab dip recipe ahead of time by filling the bread bowl early in the day and chilling it until serving. Just remove it from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

  • 2 cups sour cream

  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed or 2 cups flaked imitation crabmeat

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 round loaves (1 pound each) unsliced sourdough or Italian bread

  • Additional sliced green onions, optional

  • Assorted fresh vegetables, crackers and/or toasted bread cubes


  1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sour cream; mix well. Fold in crab, cheese and onions. Cut the top third off each loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottoms, leaving 1-in. shells. Cube removed bread and tops; set aside. Spoon crab mixture into bread bowls. Place on baking sheets. Place reserved bread cubes in a single layer around bread bowls.

  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until the dip is heated through, 45-50 minutes. Garnish with green onions if desired. Serve with assorted fresh vegetables, crackers and/or toasted bread cubes.

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