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Deviled Crab Dip

This deviled crab dip is the perfect hot summer appetizer. Lump crab, a creamy, decadent sauce, crunchy breadcrumbs and fresh endive for dipping. YES.
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  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken or seafood stock
  • 4 egg yolks lightly beaten
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 garlic clove minced

for dipping

  • 4 to 6 endive, leaves torn from stem
  • 1 baguette, sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 4 tablespoons of the butter and once it’s melted, stir in the onion with a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, until the onions soften. Stir in the flour to create a roux, stirring until the mixture is fragrant and golden.
  • Whisk in the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt and freshly cracked black pepper. With the mixture still over medium heat, whisk in the stock about ¼ cup at a time, until it’s thickened. Be sure to keep stirring so it doesn’t get lumpy! Once it’s thickened (this takes about 3 to 5 minutes), turn off the heat.
  • Place the egg yolks in a large bowl. Temper the yolks by adding a few spoonfuls of the warm flour/stock mixture, whisk immediately as you add it so it doesn’t cook the eggs. Do this until all of the stock has been add to the egg yolks. Stir in the crabmeat and parsley. Transfer it to a baking dish or small (oven safskillet for serving.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add in the breadcrumbs and stir to coat, then toast for 3 to 4 minutes until they are golden and fragrant. Stir in the garlic. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the crab dip.
  • Bake the crab for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it’s warm and golden and slightly bubbly. Serve immediately with endive leaves, baguette slices and/or crackers for dipping.


recipe slightly adapted from james beard

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