Crab Dip ~ Party Appetizers

I must share the great dip we had tonight.  With the upcoming Super Bowl this will be perfect for a game day party.  Serve with toasted bread ~ baguettes are our favorite.

Crab Dip

  • 8 o.z. cream cheese
  • 1 small jalapeno
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 slice thick cut bacon ~ cooked crispy and crumbled
  • 6 o.z. lump crab meat ~ we used the claw meat available in the seafood department

Allow cream cheese to soften.  Add jalapeno and garlic ~ both minced using a microplane.

Add paprika, pepper, thyme, half of the parmesan, and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, crab meat, and crumbled bacon; blend well.  Spread into buttered baking dish ~ a pie pan is the perfect size.  Top with remaining half of parmesan and 1/4 cup of mozzarella. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Tex-Mex Cheese Ball

With our busy schedules we enjoy snacking some evenings.  Charles has some time off work so I’ve left him to do the creating.  This was awesome.  In fact with a little summer sausage or bacon pieces on the crackers too it’s even more amazing!

Tex-Mex Cheese Ball

  • 8 o.z. cream cheese ~ softened at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp mexican oregano
  • 1 chipottle pepper from can of peppers in adobo
  • 2 o.z. shredded cheddar
  • 2 o.z. shredded mexican cheese blend
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 o.z. chopped pecans

Mix together everything except pecans.  Form into ball and refrigerate for at least and hour.  Roll and pecans and serve right away or refrigerate until ready to enjoy with your favorite crackers.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly