Monday, November 16, 2020

Hot Crab Melt

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The other day a friend and I were talking about how much we missed having lunch out, you know, actually inside a restaurant. We were both waxing nostalgic about our favorite meals at various eateries when she happened to mention a hot crab melt that she had had for lunch along side a cup of lobster bisque that was particularly memorable. I got to thinking about that, and wondered if I could make a hot crab melt of my own. Now, I haven’t had it at this particular restaurant so have no idea how it compares, if at all. I will say, however, that this is very tasty. I would definitely make it again.

Hot Crab Melt

 2 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 T. mayonnaise

1 6-oz. can lump crabmeat*

2 T. finely chopped scallions

2 T. finely chopped celery

½ t. chopped garlic

1/8 t. Old Bay Seasoning

1/8 t. garlic powder

2-4 drops hot sauce

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Remoulade Sauce (recipe below)

2 thick slices rustic bread, cut in half

1 sliced tomato

1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Fresh parsley for garnish

 Preheat the oven to 425°F.

 Beat the cream cheese and mayo in a medium bowl until fluffy. Mix in crab, scallions, celery, garlic, and seasonings. Spread remoulade onto bread slices, top with crab mixture, a slice or two of tomato, and then shredded cheese. Place on a baking sheet.

 Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Sprinkle with parsley, and serve.

 Generously serves 2.

 *If you can get fresh, by all means use it!

 Spicy Remoulade

 ½ c. mayonnaise
1 T. coarse-grained mustard
1 T. drained prepared horseradish
2 T. chopped scallions
½ t. paprika
¼ t. cayenne pepper (or less)
½ t. fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

 Whisk the first 7 ingredients together in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes about 2/3 cup. Feel free to halve mustard and horseradish if you prefer things less spicy.

 DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.




Angie's Recipes said...

The cheese melt atop looks so good!

Unknown said...

This looks very cheesy delicious!

Linda said...

Looks delicious Pattie! The addition of the tomato is perfect.