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Hot and Cheesy Crab and Artichoke Dip

Hot and cheesy imitation crab and artichoke dip, serve this with baked chips and you have the perfect appetizer for a party.

My husband was craving an imitation crab meat salad and we made the mistake of going food shopping hungry… at a wholesale store no less, so we came home with 3 lbs of imitation crab meat!

What to do with all that imitation crab? I decided to make a hot dip with it using ingredients I had on hand.

I can see using a good light Swiss, such as Jarlsburg or a light mozzarella instead of cheddar, but all I had was cheddar and I thought it was fine.

This is large enough to feed a crowd. If you don’t want as much, you can certainly make half or freeze half for later. Make this a day ahead, then pop it in the oven before you are ready to serve. Let me remind you, this is a dip, so the serving size is 1/4 cup which I think is pretty average knowing people will pick on other stuff. Only 2 points plus per serving, I had to double check and see if I was wrong!

I tried this with pretzel thins, baked lentil chips (pictured here), baked corn chips.. it was great with all. Use what you like, and if you prefer to use real lump crab, go for it! You can even sprinkle some panko on top before baking… I would have but didn’t have any.

Hot and Cheesy Crab and Artichoke Dip
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 16 • Size: 1/4 cup dip • Old Pts: 2 pts • WW Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 78 • Fat: 4 g • Carb: 4 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 427 mg 

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz can artichoke hearts packed in water, drained (8.5 oz dry wt)
  • 1 lb crab meat, imitation or lump
  • 2 tbsp chives
  • 6 tbsp reduced fat sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 6 tbsp light mayonnaise (Hellman’s)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cups shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 – 2 tsp tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Drain the artichoke hearts and chop fine. Chop the crab meat fine. Add them to a medium bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix well using a rubber spatula, then transfer into a shallow baking dish.

Bake until the cheese is melted and the top becomes golden, about 30 minutes. Serve hot with baked chips.

Makes 4 cups.

Hoisin Sauce

Hoisin Sauce

by Pam on April 14, 2014

I was making an Asian themed dinner and realized the marinade for the chicken required hoisin sauce and of course I didn’t have any. Thankfully, the site I found the marinade recipe on, Up Close & Tasty[1], also had a hoisin sauce recipe[2] which I happened to have all of the ingredients for! It’s not a traditional hoisin sauce but it’s delicious just the same. This sauce can be used in marinades, sauces, vinaigrettes, and dips. Store the extra sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Combine the soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, rice vinegar, minced garlic, sesame oil, and sriracha together in a bowl. Whisk until well combined. Set aside for 10-15 minutes before using to allow the flavors to combine.

Store remaining sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator.



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Hoisin Sauce




Yield: 3/4 cup

Total Time: 5 min.



Ingredients:

4 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp seasoned rice vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp sriracha (more if desired)

Directions:

Combine the soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, rice vinegar, minced garlic, sesame oil, and sriracha together in a bowl. Whisk until well combined. Set aside for 10-15 minutes before using to allow the flavors to combine.

Store remaining sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Up Close & Tasty

References

  1. ^ Up Close & Tasty (upcloseandtasty.com)
  2. ^ hoisin sauce recipe (upcloseandtasty.com)
  3. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Store cupboard ingredients under £1

A well-stocked store cupboard is essential for any home-cook. Keep stocked up on the basics and it’s easy to cook a meal for the whole family even when you think you’ve not got any food in. Here are 10 of the most useful store cupboard ingredients you need and they all cost well under £1 each!

A well-stocked store cupboard is essential for any home-cook. Keep stocked up on the basics and it’s easy to cook a meal for the whole family even when you think you’ve not got any food in. Here are 10 of the most useful store cupboard ingredients you need and they all cost well under £1 each!

Pasta
Tesco Everyday Value Spaghetti 500g 24p

Pasta is cheap, filling and a favourite for all the family. It’s also incredibly versatile. Tomato and basil sauce, pesto, carbonara, bacon and cheese – the toppings for pasta are endless so you’ll be able to find something to please even the fussiest of eaters. Pasta’s also a great vehicle for disguising veg if you’ve got kids who aren’t keen on their greens. Chop it up small and mix it in, and they’ll be well on the way to their 5-a-day.
TIP: Always season the water with salt when you’re cooking pasta. Most of the salt will be thrown out with the water, but it will make sure your pasta isn’t bland.
 
Rice
Tesco Everyday Value Long Grain Rice 1kg 40
p
Quick to cook, healthy and cheap, rice is a store cupboard must-have for every family. Chicken in white wine sauce, chilli con carne and ratatouille are just some of the easy dishes you can make to go with rice.  
TIP: Rinse thoroughly before cooking and use the absorption method to get perfect, fluffy rice. This means using the same amount of water (cup for cup) as rice. Bring to the boil and then simmer until all the water has gone.

Mixed herbs
Tesco Everyday Value Mixed Herbs 18g 19p

Mixed herbs can be added to loads of different dishes including spaghetti bolognese, chicken casserole, vegetable soup – they also work well sprinkled on cheese on toast.
TIP: Mixed herbs include thyme, oregano and basil so tend to work well with Italian dishes.

Curry powder
Tesco Everyday Value Medium Curry Powder 50g 52p

If you can’t be bothered grinding spices with a pestle and mortar every time you want to add a curry kick to a dish, then ready-made curry powder could be the answer.
TIP: When using curry powder, make sure you add it while you’re frying off the onion. This will make sure all the flavours are fully released.

Chopped tomatoes
Tesco Everyday Value Chopped Tomatoes 400g 31p

Tomatoes count towards your 5-a-day and are a great base for loads of dishes including bolognese, chilli con carne and some curries (generally the healthier ones!).
TIP: To make a delicious homemade tomato pasta sauce, simple fry off an onion, a bit of garlic and tip in a tin of chopped tomatoes. Add a big pinch mixed herbs and simmer until it reduces to a sauce-like consistency. Easy peasy!

Tinned tuna
Tesco Everyday Value Tuna Chunks In Brine

Tuna makes a great sandwich filling for lunch or picnics, but it also works well in pasta bakes or served with jacket potatoes – a sure hit with the kids. It’s a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which reduce the chance of heart disease.
TIP: Add fat-free tzatziki to your tuna rather than mayonnaise for a healthier alternative.

Flour
Everyday Value Plain or Self-Raising Flour 1.5kg – 52p

Baking with the kids and great fun and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Butter, self-raising flour, sugar and eggs are all you need to knock up a batch of fairy cakes. Plain flour is really useful in the kitchen for thickening sauces.
TIP: Stir in a spoonful of plain flour while you’re browning meat. It will help thicken the sauce without producing lumps.

Baked beans
Tesco Everyday Value Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce 420g 26p

There’s nothing quite like beans on toast when you want a quick dinner for the kids or you’re after a snack for yourself. But there’s so much more you can do with beans. Add them into shepherd’s pie next time you make one. It’ll make a whole extra portion for next to nothing, and will make the meal even more filling for growing kids.
TIP: Add a spoonful of curry powder to your beans to give them an extra kick.

Sweetcorn
Tesco Everyday Value Sweetcorn 325g – 35p

Tinned vegetables are really useful to have in your store cupboard. Fresh vegetables are a great source of vitamins for the whole family, but how often have you ended up throwing away a soft carrot or a yellowing bit of broccoli? Canned vegetables count towards your 5-a-day too, and have a shelf-life of months, rather than days.
TIP: Add sweetcorn or peas to rice when you serve it to the kids. It’ll become a firm favourite in no time.

Oats
Tesco Everyday Value Oats 1kg – 75p

Porridge is a fabulous, cheap and easy breakfast for the whole family. And it needn’t get boring, just add different toppings to keep the kids interested. Honey, fresh fruit, raisins, cinnamon, the list goes on. Plus, oats are a slow-release carbohydrate, so they’ll stay fuller for longer.
TIP: Mix oats with sugar, butter and flour and you’ve got yourself a delicious crumble topping.

Where to next?

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How to have a bargain BBQ

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