It’s really nothing to look at but delicious to eat. A perfectly easy hot hors d’eouvre to serve with crackers or even Cape Cod Potato Chips. I found the recipe in my grandmother’s recipe file. While she wasn’t known for her cooking, she certainly loved to entertain. Her old file is filled with no shortage of quick and easy recipes mainly magazine and newspaper clippings affixed to recipe index cards with Scotch tape that is slowly disintegrating. From recipes with Campbell’s soup as its base to more intricate ones like Swedish Meatballs and even one made with green jello, canned pineapple and cottage cheese, there is something for everyone…that is if you having a “Mad Men” themed party.
My grandmother often had mishaps in the kitchen. Most likely from not paying close attention or because a cocktail or two may have been involved. She once made Au Gratin Potatoes for Easter dinner that were black before they made it into the oven and the hot dogs she cooked in her fancy new microwave, always exploded. She served them anyway, even though they no longer fit in any standard sized hot dog bun. Although I have been known to have mishaps on occasion, too, I am usually one to stick close to a recipe on the first go, mostly because of my love for being in the kitchen over any amazing innate skill or culinary education. Thus eliminating most crazy things from happening and yielding edible, and I may say, tasty morsels. But, as simple as this recipe is, I still managed somehow to channel my grandmother when I whipped it up for a New Year’s Eve gathering last week.
The plan was to have snacks and a Scrabble game. A relaxing evening, although the Scrabble games can get quite competitive. I wanted to add a hot appetizer and try something from “Grammy’s” file. As mentioned previously, many in her collection featured some sort of Campbell’s condensed soup, so I was glad to find this one for “Crab Puff”, that did not. All was well as it bubbled and baked in the oven. My guests arrived, we poured cocktails and set up the game. I served the “Crab Puff” with Triscuits as my grandmother often featured these crackers on her table. (However, I opened a new package of crackers instead of recycling stale ones from a previous occasion. Grammy didn’t waste anything.) As we enjoyed our appetizers and everyone commented on the deliciousness of the crap dip, my mother, Val seemed to be struggling to spread crab dip on her cracker. It was soon discovered that I had neglected to remove one of the papers the canned crab was wrapped in and baked it right into the casserole! Something like this would have typically happened at my grandmother’s house and we all had a good laugh over it, especially since while mixing up recipe, I hadn’t even had a cocktail, yet.
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 (7 oz) can crab meat, drained (both papers removed!)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Triscuits, Wheat Thins, Cape Cod Potato Chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a small casserole dish. Place cream cheese in a stand mixer and beat on medium high until smooth. Add crab, Worcestershire, garlic powder, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Blend together. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. Place mixture in prepared dish. Sprinkle top with paprika. Bake for 30 minutes until bubbling and slightly browned on edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm with crackers and/or kettle chips.