We were recently at an engagement party for Michael Catts & Lauren Schab hosted by Mary Frances and Jim Wood.
The Wood’s love to cook, and are very good at it. In addition to be Old Towners, the Woods are 1/2 Texan so it’s natural for them go big when entertaining . . . and assembling a buffet. When entertaining the they do the cooking themselves versus hiring a caterer. And if someone get’s asked to bring something, taking up precious space on the buffet table, you know it’s going to be good. Enter, Old Town notable Mary Sterling, and her Crab Dip.
Knowing we were going to feature a few recipes, Miles and I got to the party promptly so I could get photos. But, I had to do some clever angling to photograph the crab dip as it already had a big dent in it . . . and it went fast.
I was watching folks at the buffet. People would taste a bite. Then sneak in a few more bites from the bowl before walking away with some on their plates. lol. Fresh and tasty with layers of flavor. And it looks pretty darn simple to make.
This dip would be equally great on game day or Christmas Day. But I don’t think I can wait that long! I’m cutting the recipe down for two and serving it to Miles with a Cesar salad and a movie for a stay at home date night!
Bon appetite! xxx
Mary Sterling’s Crab Dip
- 16 oz whipped cream cheese (two 8 ounce containers)
- 1 shallot (finely chopped)
- 1 T Worcestershire sauce
- 1 bottle seafood cocktail sauce
- 1 lb blue lump crabmeat
- Lawry’s seasoned salt
- Italian parsley (chopped for garnish)
- dash hot sauce (optional)
to layer the dip . . .
- mix the whipped cream cheese, finely chopped shallot, and tablespoon of Worcestershire until combined
- spread the cream cheese mixture on the bottom of a large serving dish
- cover the cream cheese with one bottle of seafood cocktail sauce
- layer on one pound of fresh Chesapeake blue jumbo lump crabmeat
- sprinkle with Lawry’s seasoned salt and a dash of hot sauce
- garnish the top with chopped Italian parsley
for serving . . .
- serve with “Chicken in a Biscuit” crackers