Crab Dip in a Bread Bowl

"This was made for a large party and got rave reviews on taste & presentation. It could also be made with shrimp. Although I have not tried it this way, I believe the crab dip could be placed in cooked bread bowl, bread top placed on top,and all covered with foil and baked until hot."
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Ready In:
1 9to11 inch bread bowl


  • DIP

  • 3 lbs cream cheese, softened (some of cheese can be fat free or low-fat)
  • 2 lbs backfin crab meat
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle Heinz Chili Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons horseradish (not horseradish sauce)

  • 3 tablespoons oscar meyer bacon bits
  • 1 cup toasted almond
  • BREAD BOWL can purchase Sourdough Boules

  • 2 packages bread mix
  • 2 cups water


  • If you purchase bakery round bread, omit the next few steps.
  • BREAD BOWL:Mix both bread mixes together according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Let rise until double in bulk.
  • With non-stick cooking spray, spray the inside of a 9" or 1" springform pan.
  • Knead dough and place in pan, pressing down as evenly flat as possible.
  • Let rise 1 to 2 hours until dough reaches the top of the pan.
  • Bake about 50-65 minutes at 350 degrees, until completely cooked.
  • Run knife around edge of loaf, and let cool completely.
  • Remove outer pan rim.
  • Cut a thin top layer from the bread and remove most of the bread inside, leaving a"shell" of bread to form your bowl.
  • Place bread on serving tray (large enough to hold crackers or bread cubes around it).
  • DIP:In mixer, mix cream cheese with all other ingredients except chili sauce and crab.
  • When well blended, add chili sauce and mix until blended.
  • Gently stir in crab meat.
  • Spoon into shallow baking dish and bake until warm in the center.
  • Cool until not hot to the touch.
  • Spoon crab dip into bread bowl on serving tray; sprinkle bacon and almonds on top, and surround with assorted crackers and a few sprigs of greenery for garnish.

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  1. I cut the recipe down alot.This has a nice kick to it. I served with crackers. I added very finely chopped shallots and red peppers. Used real bacon crumbled bits. This is a keeper.
  2. A nice little dip. Definitely better baked than cold. Good with tortilla chips.


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