Crab Dip With Old Bay

Image Courtesy Grace Hallenbeck

Here’s an oldie but a goodie!  It is not an original by me, but it is something I make often this time of year to share with visiting friends.  It never fails to please!  Try it and let us know what you think!

Here’s a question, an afterthought, for you:  do you think this could be made using canned tuna, in the absence of having crab on hand?  I may try it one day. 


1 pound Crabmeat
1 package (8 ounces) Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup Mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Ground Mustard
1/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded
Crackers or sliced French Bread


Preheat oven to 350° F. 

In a medium bowl mix cream cheese, mayo, Old Bay, and ground mustard until well blended.

Add crabmeat and toss gently.

Spread in a 9-inch pie plate. 

Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and additional Old Bay.

Bake 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with crackers or sliced French bread.

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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!